Marcos Alonso spoke of the frustration within the squad following last night’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield and the Spaniard, our goalscorer on the night, says the focus now is on ensuring we win at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Blues dominated the game against David Wagner’s side but fell behind early in the second half against the run of play. Alonso equalised 12 minutes later when Mathias Jorgensen’s clearance bounced into the back of the net off his face, but despite pressing forward in search of a winner we were unable to find a decisive goal.
‘We’re very disappointed,’ he said. ‘We were so unlucky, we dominated the game and conceded a silly goal and then we couldn’t score (a second goal).
‘They played a bad game, trying to waste time from the first minute and I think the referee stopped it very late. Their goalkeeper was taking a minute over his goal-kicks from the first minute of the game and he only received a yellow card with five minutes to go. I don’t think that’s the right way, he should have stopped that before, but still we conceded the goal and failed to score from our chances.
‘Today they defended with a lot of players, they were coming from playing against Man City and not conceding a goal so it’s not easy when they defend with six, seven or eight men in the box. We tried for the whole game and we were unlucky to concede the goal because I felt we were going to score sooner or later.’
A win at Newcastle on Sunday, coupled with a Brighton victory against Liverpool, would see us finish above Jurgen Klopp’s side and qualify for next season’s Champions League, and Alonso says the team will be doing everything in their power to secure a positive end to the campaign.
‘We have a game against Newcastle we have to go and win, and then we will see what happens with Liverpool,’ he said. ‘Then we have another week to focus on the FA Cup final and try to get a trophy for the fans.’