Back at the training ground, David Pleat reflected on the narrow weekend reverse to Chelsea and feels there are some positives to take from the display at the Lane.
IT WAS ANOTHER narrow defeat, it is very depressing and then you have to take the good points out of it.
I think there were good points, we had more possession, but needed a goal to draw them out. We did have good passages of play and I thought we passed the ball well and played with a lot of spirit. We also had more goal attempts.
I think overall, the players gave what they could and we couldn't force the issue. Terry and Gallas were very good, Chelsea broke out well and our centre backs did very well against Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen.
I am just very disappointed for our supporters really, who got behind us and we just couldn't quite manage it. That may be the state of us at the moment - a one-goal defeat against one of the top three sides in the country.
It is disappointing, it's galling - but we have to push on. I can see much, much hope looking at this group and knowing with the right two or three players we will definitely be on the right lines.
We hope we've got solid foundations, we shall see. The proof will come with results as we go along and I am optimistic.