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Keen: We had a real go

14 April 2015

Assistant boss speaks after narrow defeat

Assistant manager Kevin Keen rightly said the team 'had a real go' in a 1-0 defeat to league leaders AFC Bournemouth.

The table-topping Cherries scored early through Callum Wilson, and they had to hang on as we pushed in search of an equaliser.

In particular, Artur Boruc made one stunning save from Jamie Mackie to help his side take the points.

Keen told a post-match press conference, "Throughout the game I thought we had a real go.

"The start was disappointing, they came out firing and managed to score, but then we had a real go and showed the integrity of the club and the League.

"I think the better team on the night probably lost, but the best team throughout the season is going to go up to the Premier League, and all credit to them.

"They showed they are a good team, but little things like the keeper's save in the first half from Jamie, a fantastic save. That turned the game, an amazing save.

"We had two or three other efforts blocked, had a real go, and it was a really good performance against what's going to be the best team in the league.

"So lots of positives, really disappointed we lost after three unbeaten, but it was a big effort from us so credit to the boys. We had some really good individual performances."

Asked about a potentially tricky moment when the already-booked Michael Hector was penalised for a supposed foul, Keen recalled, "I've looked at it again, it's a strong, fair challenge. I made sure I watched it before speaking to the press, I was a little disappointed with the furore around it, but I thought the referee was very good tonight and showed common sense.

"And I thought Michael Hector was outstanding against a striker in rich form. You can't rule out the goal out, but apart from that there was very little threat."

Discussing the strong team we put out, Keen recalled, "This FA Cup game is Tuesday to Saturday, previously [against Bradford] it was Saturday-Monday, so we wanted to put on a good performance for our supporters and try to win the game. We had a real go and gave it our best."

Asked what happens next as we prepare for Arsenal at Wembley, Kevin said, "It's going to be really interesting. We'll have a lot of you press mob about, for sure, trying to ask about this and that!

"We're going to embrace it and enjoy it - but we are going there to try to win."

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