Mishra on Leicester defeat
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Page last updated at 7:24PM UTC, Sunday, 13 December 2020
Riteesh Mishra spoke to the club following Sunday’s 2-0 home loss against top of the table Leicester City.
“It’s another defeat, we don’t want to be getting used to the feeling of losing so we need to change this. I think today is a different feeling to last weekend. Nevertheless it’s still points dropped for us.
“I do feel some sense of pride with how the players performed for two thirds of the game being down to 10 players against a top team in the league, a lot of teams would crumble but we didn’t, we’ve seen that this year, but we don’t do that.
I felt like just before we got the sending off we were getting into the game, I could sense that maybe we were going to cause some problems.
But what killed us was them scoring straight after the sending off and it was tough from there.
I was pleased with how resilient the team was to get us in to half time still in the game. It gave us a chance to regroup and put a game plan together for the second half. As hard as it is to say, against a team like Leicester you have to stay in the game and choose your moment to go and try to get after the game.
“If you open up against a team like that too early especially with 10 players, they will create chances and score. So we tried to get to the late stages of the game and then give it a go. We just unfortunately we’re not able to hold out and conceded a second, they created moments of quality in the second half that proved too much.
“But the players deserve a lot of credit for sticking to their jobs and being really disciplined. Although we lost the game, there are things for us to take forward into another big week, our last week ahead of Christmas; a local derby against Crystal Palace. I think if we can show that fight we can give ourselves a good chance next Sunday.
“It will be a tough test, they’re much improved, they got a good result today and it’s a local derby. But I’ve been here for 4 seasons now at the club and they’ve not beaten us in that period so I’m hoping that run continues.”
‘’But bigger than today’s result and Sunday coming is the players. They are going through a tough period but what continues to give me belief that our luck will turn is how hard they fight, and they showed that today. It’s how much they care and want to do better and how much they are sticking together. That’s what gives me the strength.
“It is easy when you’re winning, but when you’re not, you either lie down, or stand up and fight and show what you’re capable of. I’m proud and thankful that we have a group willing to do everything for us and continue to fight. We’re getting better and I’m confident the results and luck will show soon.”