Our fault - Kevin
Kevin Bond conceded ‘we only had ourselves to blame’ for Sunday’s reverse at Stoke.
Kevin Bond conceded 'we only had ourselves to blame' for Sunday’s reverse at Stoke.
Assistant manager Kevin was referring to the first half display that ultimately cost us in the 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke stormed out of the traps and led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Matthew Etherington’s double.
Harry Redknapp changed our system in the second half, switched to three centre-backs and wing-backs and we dominated.
Emmanuel Adebayor made it 2-1 from the penalty spot on the hour and we went close on numerous occasions after that until the game turned back in Stoke’s favour following Younes Kaboul’s sending off 10 minutes from time.
It was our first defeat in 12 Premier League matches.
“We dominated the game in the second half, scored one, could have had a couple more but we gave ourselves too much to do,” reflected Kevin.
“We didn’t begin the game well enough and had to go behind before we really started to play.
“We didn’t pass the ball well enough, didn’t get close enough to them, didn’t play at anywhere near a high enough tempo.
“They dictated, played the way they wanted to play and stopped us playing the way we wanted to play. We need to learn a lesson from that and not let it happen again.
“We changed at half-time and gave a really good account of ourselves, scored and had enough of the play and possession in good areas.
“In the end, it wasn’t our day but to go 2-0 down at Stoke is an almighty task for anyone. We gave it a go but came up short in the end.”