Manor: “We’re all disappointed, but we’ll bounce back”
Wed 30 August 2023, 14:45|Tottenham Hotspur
Manor Solomon confidently predicted ‘we’ll bounce back’ after the disappointment of our Carabao Cup exit on penalties at Fulham on Tuesday evening.
The Israel international made his full competitive debut for us in the second round tie against his former club - Manor spent last season on loan at Fulham - and almost won it for us late on only to be denied by home goalkeeper Marek Rodak with the score at 1-1.
Before that, Fulham took the lead via Micky van de Ven’s own goal on 19 minutes and created the better chances in the first half. Richarlison nodded home the equaliser on 56 minutes, and it looked like the stage was set for us to go on and win in front of our 5,500 travelling fans, but Fulham responded well and it took a couple of saves from Fraser Forster - one of nine changes - to keep them at bay.
The tie finished 1-1, went to penalties and Fulham slotted home five out of five to take it 5-3.
Speaking on the Review Show on SPURSPLAY, Manor told us: “We didn’t start the game the way we wanted to, we conceded a goal and didn’t play well. After 20, 25 minutes we started to play much better, created some chances, not a lot, but some chances and bounced back with the equaliser.
“We are all disappointed because we really wanted to win this game. It’s a shame we lost on penalties. After Richy’s equaliser we felt this was the time to score the second, unfortunately, we didn’t do it. This is football. We’re disappointed because we wanted to go on in this competition, but we will bounce back.”
The result certainly overshadowed any personal positivity for Manor on his first competitive start. “It was exciting for me to play in a Spurs shirt at Craven Cottage, the place that gave me an opportunity last season,” he added, before telling us how he’d settled a couple of months into his Spurs career.
“I really like it here” he said. “I like the club, the people, the manager. I think we have a great team. I hope to integrate more and more, and to help the team much more. I’m sure I’ll get more opportunities in the upcoming games, and I’ll try to exploit that and give everything to the team.
“Hopefully, we will continue in the good way we started in the Premier League.”