Danny Drinkwater felt we were extremely hard done by to leave Manchester with nothing yesterday, particularly considering the manner
Danny Drinkwater felt we were extremely hard done by to leave Manchester with nothing yesterday, particularly considering the manner of our first-half performance.
The midfielder started alongside N’Golo Kante at the home of the club where he spent his formative years in the game, and he impressed with his ball recovery, tackling and tidy passing.
But the outcome did not go our way despite Willian rocketing us into a lead that we thoroughly merited, and Drinkwater’s assessment of the match mirrored the frustration of his manager’s verdict.
‘We definitely should have got something from the game,’ the 27-year-old said.
‘In the first half, we were very dominant. In the second half, it was a bit different, it was more even, but we didn’t deserve to lose that game, no chance.
‘I don’t know the stats but the first half felt good. Their goal came out of nowhere. We had a bit of confidence coming into the second half, but it didn’t go our way. It was more of a battle which suited them and took the game away from us. All the boys in the dressing room are bitterly disappointed.’
The defeat, coupled with Tottenham’s late success at Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday, leaves us outside the top four positions with 10 games to go. Drinkwater’s focus now is on finishing the season strongly and ensuring we don’t miss out on a Champions League spot next term.
‘Football goes against you sometimes and it was one of those days. There are obviously bits we could have improved on, but we have to got to look forward and on to the next game now.
‘It’s down to us. We have got to get our performances and our results in order and hopefully our position will look after itself.’