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Kal Naismith | "The fans don't deserve that"

22 August 2021

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Kal Naismith was apologetic to the club’s supporters after the Hatters were well beaten by Birmingham City at Kenilworth Road yesterday.

After a good midweek win against Barnsley, there was optimism that Nathan Jones’ side could continue their good start to the season but following a poor start, Birmingham took complete control of the game and scored five without reply.

“It is a hard one to take but we have to take it on the chin. It is a tough league and if we play like that, then we have to face it. We weren’t good enough.

“We have conceded five goals and it is not good enough. I always say that we defend as a whole team and attack as a team, it comes from the front as well. So when we get clean sheets, everyone should be praised and when we concede five, it is not good.

“I feel we were outbattled which is disappointing because that never happens at this place, never happens at home. Even when I have played here with previous teams, you come here and it’s a horrible, horrible game. Fair play, we will get beat against that happens, but not in that fashion.”

Over 10,000 supporters were packed into Kenilworth Road and Naismith made sure to address the fans during his post-match interview.

“We need to apologise to the fans as even at two-nil down coming off, the noise from them was unbelievable.

“We said at half time the fans are still right behind us, it’s not been good enough, go out and give them something to cheer about. The fans don’t deserve that, so I feel we owe them one next week.”

The defender was eager to look ahead and is relishing the opportunity to try and put things right in the next match against Sheffield United.

“You can always bounce back, you can never stay down there, you can never lay down and cry about it, the boys will be gutted tonight, gutted tomorrow. It will be a horrible weekend because it is just the worst feeling but Monday, we will be back in training to pick ourselves up and go again.

“That is the good thing about football. It takes you to some bad lows but you always have next week to go and put it right. If you look at the grand scheme of things, two wins and two losses, it’s inconsistent but if we go and put it right against Sheffield United then we go into the international break feeling good."

 


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