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McDermott's replay reaction

Posted: Tue 15 Jan 2013
Author: Peter Lewis

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Blues assistant manager Terry McDermott felt the side contributed to their own downfall as they exited the FA Cup after a replay defeat to Leeds United at St. Andrew’s.

The host went in front through Wade Elliott’s 36th minute strike but sadly they weren’t able to grasp the nettle and put the tie to bed. Instead it was Neil Warnock’s visitors that showed more urgency after the break and two second-half goals sealed victory for the Yorkshire outfit.  

“We’re very disappointed in the second-half performance. We just took our foot off the pedal, I don’t know why,” admitted McDermott. “The fans would have loved to have seen Tottenham playing here but we’ve got to forget about that now, that’s finished and we can’t do anything about it. We’re devastated because we wanted a big game like that and it would have helped the club as well financially, but it’s not to be.”

Blues must quickly put this result behind them as they prepare to tackle a buoyant Brighton side back here at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, as Lee Clark’s men aim to climb the table and avoid being dragged into the relegation picture.

McDermott continued: “For me the most important game now is on Saturday and getting three points and putting a performance on, because some of the players will look in the mirror today and say did I really play as well as I can? And probably the answer to that is no.

“The manager here works hard. I’ve worked for a lot of managers over the years and this manager here works 24/7 - and I mean 24/7 - and, dear god, he’ll get it right because he didn’t deserve what went on today. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he cares about this football club. There is no one who will work harder to put it right and he’ll do it. It is a good club, we enjoy being here and we want to be here for a long time and that will only happen if we’re successful. It is a difficult time at the minute but if hard work is going to get you out of it we’ve certainly got the right manager.”

Tonight’s game was ultimately decided by the referee’s decision to award a penalty for Leeds’ second goal after Rodolph Austin’s cross struck the hand of Paul Robinson. However, TV replays have subsequently shown that the offence took place outside the area.  

McDermott said: “I’ve just seen it (the TV replay) and it looks outside the box, definitely. The linesman said it was outside the box, according to what the lads are saying, but the referee, who is probably 30 or 40 yards away, decided it was a penalty. But I’m not one of these who moan at referees because I know what a difficult a job it is for them.”