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Seb's woe

Posted on 23 September 2010  - 12:00

Sebastien Bassong couldn't hide his disappointment after Tuesday night's Carling Cup reverse against Arsenal.

Seb's woe

Sebastien Bassong couldn't hide his disappointment after Tuesday night's Carling Cup reverse against Arsenal.

Proud skipper for the first time on the night, Sebastien helped debutant and central defensive partner Steven Caulker through a tough 90 minutes against the Gunners as it ended 1-1 in the third round.

That meant it went into extra time at the Lane - and that's when things took a turn for the worse.

Sebastien and Steven were involved in the key penalty incidents that turned the tie completely in Arsenal's favour within six minutes of the first extra period.

First, Samir Nasri tumbled under Sebastien's slight challenge, a penalty was awarded and Nasri tucked it away for 2-1.

Less than three minutes later and a more clear-cut case as Steven tugged Marouane Chamakh to the ground and Nasri was on the spot again for 3-1.

It was such a shame after a team that included three debutants and a first start hauled their way back into the game after trailing 1-0 at half-time.

"I'm very disappointed, especially with the first penalty, because I don't think it was a penalty and that really hit us hard," reflected Seb. "That was the key moment and the third goal killed us off.

"We came back to 1-1, Keano scored a great goal and I thought we did well in the 90 minutes. That's what made it disappointing in the end.

"The penalties were the difference. As I said, the first one was a bad moment for me and the two penalties in five minutes was just too much for us."

Nevertheless, Sebastien felt debutants Steven, Sandro and Stipe Pletikosa, plus Jake Livermore making his first start, will all benefit from the experience.

"Yes, they will all grow from this match," he insisted. "They will all learn about the game and be better for it."

As for the captaincy, Seb added: "It was the first time for me, I was surprised and of course honoured. It didn't change my game as I always just want to win. That's why it's so disappointing."