The Independent London Newspaper
20th October 2017

IN THE GROVE: Cech’s woe at first half shortfall

    Published: 2 February, 2017
    by STEVE BARNETT

    SHOT-STOPPER Petr Cech believes that Arsenal paid the price for a woefully lack-lustre first half showing on Tuesday night when they lost 2-1 against Watford at the Emirates Stadium. 

    The goalkeeper couldn’t hide his frustrations as he warned team-mates they had to be at 100 per cent each and every time that they step out on to the pitch. 

    “We had a very bad start,” he told Arsenal Player. “We were unlucky with the first goal when it takes a big deflection and it goes in. But we didn’t play well at all. 

    “In the first half we made so many bad passes, we lost every challenge, we were simply second best. 

    “In the second half we improved and we had a lot of chances. I thought that we were brilliant in the second half. 

    “We had chances but the keeper made some very good saves, we hit the bar and we could say we were unlucky. But for the first-half performance, we actually didn’t deserve a little bit of luck. 

    “I always say that at this level you cannot play 80 minutes, or 85 minutes. You have to play 90 minutes with full concentration and everybody on top of their game.” 

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