Paul Robinson said our reduction to ten men played a big part in the eventual 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
The team were performing well and the game had the makings of a classic encounter before Mido was penalised for challenge on Asier Del Horno on 25 minutes. It was always going to be an uphill struggle after this and the boys sought to contain the champions, but a goal before half-time from Asier Del Horno swung the balance very much in Chelsea's favour.
A Damien Duff strike 20 minutes from time confirmed Chelsea's sealing of the points.
"We played alright and it was looking good for 25 minutes but the big decision swayed it against us," reflected Robbo afterwards. "When you lose a player it is going to have an impact on the game."
While not happy with the conceding of two goals, Robbo insisted the team battled hard with the numerical disadvantage.
"We were very disappointed with the marking for the first goal and the second one was very scruffy.
"We came out for the second half and didn't want to embarrass ourselves. We weren't just going to roll over, wanted to put up a fight and try and get something. I think we are pleased with our second half performance.
"You know when you play Chelsea you know you will be up against it and, with ten men, it was almost impossible."