on the performance…
This game really is what this competition is designed for because you come to a good club, play in the main stadium and are up against good opposition. It is the competition you buy into in the first place.

on playing against 10 men for an hour…
There are always frustrations [at not winning]. A couple of times our finishing wasn't as good as it could have been, our decision-making wasn't the best and we over-elaborated. Those things are disappointing, but at the end of the day that is what makes the players: their decision-making will either make them a player or not. We got a lot, in and around the box, wrong.

on the Bilbao penalty…
I don't know, it was too far away and my eyes aren't that good. The obvious thing to say is no, but I don't really know.

on Reice Charles-Cook's display…
He did well. He made a good save, straight from the kick off, which came from poor defending by us. We had a couple of chances to get a challenge in, and it was not good enough. You can't accept that, but he made a good save then and also from the penalty.

on the red card incident…
I think the referee got it spot on. I think [Sead Hajrovic's] cut eye convinced him it was the right decision. It is nothing too serious, they are the sort of blows centre halves have to expect over a season.

on the positives…
There is disappointment that you haven't won a game against 10 men, but the positives are that we know we have played against good opposition. If you don't do the right things against good opposition who work hard to close you down, then you don't get the rewards. We know we have to move the ball quicker, keep it simple, keep it moving and then you may get the chances to get in behind them and get some crosses in. We didn't do that, but the reverse side of it is I hope we learn from it.

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