Roberto Di Matteo chatted to reporters following the 2-0 defeat to Preston.
His views are below.
On the result…
The first half was very disappointing. We gifted them the two goals.
We had the ball - and then gave it them on a silver platter to score.
In the second half I thought we came out a little bit stronger and we were trying to get back into the game.
I don’t think there was anything wrong with the disallowed goal and that would certainly have changed the game for us and the momentum.
Then we had the penalty at the end, which we missed.
On the lack of chances…
We didn’t have clear chances, but we had some half chances – some crosses in which were dangerous, comers too.
As I said, I think the disallowed goal was a valid goal.
That would certainly have given us a boost.
On the frustration from the fans…
Obviously there’s a big disappointment by all.
It’s not good where we are the at the moment and it’s certainly a step back today compared to previous games.
We will try and revert it back and be better than we were today for sure.
I have faith in the team. I believe in the team. I think by the end of the season we will be up there.
Roberto Di Matteo
On his own position...
I think there’s a team that’s good. It will come good.
We will keep working on the things we need to improve.
I have faith in the team. I believe in the team.
I think by the end of the season we will be up there.
It’s normal when the results of the team are not what you expect that everybody will be questioned. This is part of our job.
There is total support from the club, absolutely. There’s no other indication.
We will try and be better after the international week and pick up more points than we have so far.
On it being a bad day…
It was a bad day at the office for sure.
But it’s still a long season. It’s still a marathon.
There’s still many more points to play. It’s still all possible.
On Pierluigi Gollini absence...
He picked up a groin strain so he wasn’t available.
On staying out on the pitch after the game...
I am the first one who is responsible for it.
I take all the blame, that’s how it is when you’re the manager.
So I stand up in front of my players.
On Aaron Tshibola being on the bench…
When you play three games in seven days – he has just come back from injury too – you’re trying to freshen up the team in some positions where you can and utilise the squad.
We have done that previously as well.