Date: 15th September 2014 at 5:39pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has bemoaned the costly defensive mistakes of both Jonas Olsson and Ben Foster in the game against Everton, but he’s backed the team, and both players in particular to bounce back from the disappointments that left them ‘devastated’ in the dressing room after the game.

Speaking to following the two nil defeat, Irvine explained.

‘Obviously you’re talking about two international players, two proven Premier League players and they normally don’t make those kind of mistakes. For us to make one, let alone two in one game is unusual.’

Irvine goes on to say the frustrating thing is that Olsson and Foster are usually so consistent and error free in games – or at least so noticeable errors like that as no player gets it all their own way over 90 minutes – and in knowing that they really were down in the dressing room.

‘They’re devastated about the goals, mistakes happen and we just have to accept that and move on. They certainly didn’t mean to make those mistakes that’s for sure, they’ll be hurting for the next few days I would expect.’

As is becoming a pattern, the gaffer also had to admit that we again got off to the ‘worst possible start’ by conceding so early – having done the same against Sunderland and Swansea – and that was even more gutting because he felt following the early set back we bossed things for at least the opening half hour but we just lacked a goal to get back into the game.

With that lack of clinical edge and quality in the final third again rearing it’s head, Irvine said although he fully understood and shared the frustrations of the fans, he backed the team to bounce back like he did Olsson and Foster and he feels that there is a lot more to come from us, but time is needed because of the time some players have been with us, and with them not having had a full – if any – pre season campaign.

The team are still getting up to speed and gelling for him, although he knows we need better than that quickly.

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