I HAD MIXED feelings after Wednesday night's 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers.
We were all a little disappointed because we didn't play as well as we can but on the other hand sometimes you have to expect this kind of game.
We made three changes and that wasn't about rotation, it was because some of the lads had played four games in 10 days, which is a lot. When you have someone like Pedro Mendes, he's a terrific player and can play. Michael Carrick and Edgar Davids had slight injuries and Robbie Keane had a very good pre-season, was fit and Jermain Defoe had played a lot of games so that was the reason behind that.
It was great to see Michael Brown back. He played likehe hadn't been away even though he was injured for four months.
As everyone knows, Blackburn are a team that give 100 per cent and try to be aggressive and they pressurised us all over the pitch. They did that with a lot of midfield players and that is always difficult. So if you don't play well - and I don't think we played up to our standards - then you can have a problem.
So the positive thing is that we kept a clean sheet. The only real problem we had in the first half was the cross aiming for Pedersen because he is strong in the air but after that we didn't really have any trouble.
The only thing is that we didn't create a lot of chances and that's a worry because in the last game against Middlesbrough we played well but didn't create enough there either. We have to work on that.