Foster: “We Had To Be Workmanlike”
Ben Foster did not hide his disappointment after a gut-wrenching last-gasp defeat at Villa Park, but insisted lessons would be learned and the team would look to come back stronger after a first real setback under Nigel Pearson.
“We’re very disappointed," said the goalkeeper. "Fair play to Villa, they battled and maybe it was a little bit naïve from us. We were undone with the last kick of the game, we had to be workmanlike and not pretty. It was just a bit naïve.”
The match could have gone differently had the Hornets taken one of their chances while in the lead, or had Tyrone Mings been sent off for a second yellow card for intentional handball in the second half.
“The lads were all saying 'why not look at VAR', as I could see from where I was it was deliberate handball,” said Foster. “But you can’t get involved or let it affect you, you have just got to get on with the game.”
A congested fixture list and threadbare squad has meant most of these players have been worked hard over the winter period. Foster noticed a few weary legs, but feels the improved form will not disappear overnight and expects a reaction going into the Everton match at Vicarage Road on February 1.
“We looked very tired at the end, we need to be alive for 95 minutes of the game. They were quicker than us in reacting on the edge of the box from that last free-kick,” he said.
“But we have raised our standards even when we do have blips. We have a good break now until the next Premier League game, hopefully we can get a few [of the injured] lads back and go again.”