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Monk on... West Ham United

Filed: Monday, 8th December 2014
By: Staff Writer

Not to be confused with OLAS legend Harry, a spiky Garry Monk felt his team were a long way short of 'reaching their levels' whilst being beaten 3-1 by West Ham on Sunday lunchtime. His full post match presser, exclusively here.

How do you feel after that?

How do I feel? Great. We've just lost the game, so obviously not happy.

Where do you think it was won and lost?

I just don't think we ever reached the levels that we have done this season. It's the first time I can actually say that in all the games we played, we were nowhere near the level - especially with the ball. We didn't make enough correct decisions, not enough quick, sharp decisions. The only time we did that we scored a goal.

We moved the ball very quickly, one and two touch which we've been doing this season and we showed the damage we can cause. We just didn't do that enough today and some of the defending for some of the goals, we gifted it to them on a plate really, to be honest with you.

So no complaints with the result, we didn't deserve anything from the game.

You seemed to have your best spell just after the red card. Do you think that sparked you, or made them angry?

No, I think you're right - we probably had our best spell when we went down to ten men but it shouldn't take a situation like that for us to play our best football. We've been performing very well in all the games this season and that's the first time I can genuinely say that we haven't got anywhere near the levels that we have done.

For me, we gifted the goals to them today. For the first goal - Andy Carroll's first goal - I thought yeah, it was a good header and a good cross into the box but we could have done better with it. The second goal from Carroll, we were man marking in the box and he loses the marker, gets half a yard and a free header, which is unacceptable. Then the third one was poor defending from us. We kind of gave them an early Christmas present, I think.

A lot of people will talk about Carroll's record against Swansea. Do you think, the way you played you would have lost against anybody today?

Yeah. Like I said, I just don't think we reached the levels that we have been. At times we did, we had our chances. At one-all Bony hit the bar; if that goes in without playing particularly well we could have got something from the game. So that's a sort of positive for me, for us to play that poorly - or not to those levels.

I don't think we were poor, but I don't think we were good. To play to those levels and still realistically could have got something from the game it shows the players that if they reach anywhere near their levels they'll be able to come to places like this and get points.

Was it a red card?

Well, it was because he gave it. If you look at the build-up to it he knocks the ball past the 'keeper with his hand. I don't think we dealt with the situation leading up to that point very well. I think Ashley makes a mistake, gets caught the wrong side of the player but actually before Fabianski makes any contact whatsoever the player knocks it past with his left hand, clearly.

So realistically it should be hand ball to us. It wasn't a clear goalscoring opportunity either. You can see from the way it played out that he hit the post so it obviously wasn't a clear goalscoring opportunity. Ash was getting back in, Jazz Richards was making his way back in so in terms of the red card, when you look at it with the replays and everything then no, it's not.

Will you appeal?

Well you'd think so. Like I said, with the whole cold-hearted facts of what it is when you have the benefit or replays and everything it should be hand ball and a free kick to us. But obviously it's a red card so hopefully yeah, we will appeal it.

Have you had an explanation from the referee about it?

No. I'll go and see him, speak to him now and see what he says.

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