Carling Cup Reaction

Last updated : 27 October 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Sean O'Driscoll was anything but down hearted with the penalty shoot out defeat against Cardiff City. Speaking to BBCi, he is quoted as saying that: "We wanted to come off the pitch having put on a good performance, and I couldn't ask for much more ... looking at bank balances, there's a massive gulf between the sides, but we made it difficult for them. Penalties are a lottery - everybody hit the target for us but sometimes you win them, sometimes you don't", and rightly extremely proud of the performance.

Of the disallowed goal, Steve Fletcher, speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo is quoted as saying that: "If I'd fouled him, I'm honest enough to admit it afterwards. But I can honestly say there was nothing wrong with that goal and it's cost us. I thought it was the cleanest header I won all night. It was clean as a whistle and there was nothing wrong with it at all. I just outjumped the defender fair and square".

For Cardiff City, manager Lennie Lawrence was mightly relieved at the outcome, saying to BBCi (link above): "I thought we did enough to win the game in normal time," he said. In the end it felt like we had won the game three times, but maybe there was some justice for us to go through. An equaliser in injury time was like a dagger to the heart and one at the end of extra time was like another dagger. But it was a fantastic game for the fans".