On Going Out and the Performance: 

“We’re disappointed to go out but we did everything we can.”

“It’s frustrating. We have to accept it and get on with it. It’s been cruel to us. I can’t do anything but the problems we had, the way we went about our work, I was delighted. Defensively we’ve looked rock solid at Spurs and Arsenal and today. I just hope the attacking side comes now, which I think it will. Players are disappointed, especially the ones who missed penalties – it’s a dark and lonely place – but they can take positives out of the performance. I can’t really remember my goalkeeper making a save in the 90 minutes. The injury problems have been huge for us and I’ve been forced to make changes with the injuries we picked up at the weekend. The team we put out, after seven changes, I thought were terrific in their work. It’s disappointing, with the changes we had to make and we’ve lost two or three players out there tonight. A very good Leicester team but there was nothing in the game at all. 

“You’re always disappointed if you miss a penalty, of course you are.  There’s nothing worse, – I’ve been there, I understand how they feel but they can be pleased in their performance …. Yes, and or large periods against Arsenal, it was okay against a very good Arsenal team.

“They’re a good side, Leicester, they’ll be there or thereabouts in the top half and we’ve given them as good as we’ve got. They’ve got a goal out of bloody nothing as well, so it’s been one of those awful nights that we have to take on the chin, but a lot of positives we’ve got from it, that’s for sure. It’s a huge one already, early in the season. If we can get to six points, that will be a wonderful start for us. That’s been my aim”. 

“The players, since I walked through the door – apart from a horrible performance at Norwich – have tuned into what we’re trying to do. As I said, defensively we look rock-solid. We have got to still improve offensively with the ball, but hopefully that will come.”

“Let’s hope we have a bit more luck in the next one”

On Penalty Shoot-Outs: 

“I’ve just heard our record – it’s not very good in penalty shoot-outs, is it? [Won one in 10]

On the positives: 

“We’re disappointed that we’ve gone out, but we’ve done everything we can to try to stay in the competition in difficult circumstances, and I was pleased, the problems we had and the changes we had to make.  The back three in particular were immense in their work, young Longy [Matty] making his debut, he’ll remember that for a long, long time, so I was very, very pleased with a lot of the stuff, but disappointed that we’ve gone out. It’s frustrating, really frustrating, but hey, we have to accept it and get on with it. It’s been cruel to us, but there’s nothing I can do. I’m not making excuses. I have to say with the problems that we had and the way we went about our work, I couldn’t have been any more delighted the way they have gone about it, especially second half. There was nothing in it, and that’s now Arsenal at home and Tottenham away and here today where defensively, we’ve looked rock-solid. We can do a little bit more with the ball, but at the moment, I’m very, very pleased.”

On Matt Ritchie and injuries:

“It was difficult with the problems we had.  I was forced to make the changes, we didn’t want to do it and we’ve lost three tonight. The mess Matt Ritchie’s in – it was horror challenge. When I see the mess on his leg.  We fear ankle damage, he’s got three stitches in his leg. I don’t want players sent off but when it’s horror challenges, it isn’t good. It’s a horror one, it’s over the top. Believe me, it’s a horrible on. Jetro has a hamstring injury and Emil Krafth has a thigh injury.

“The challenge on Matt Ritchie – if VAR was in operation today, it was a red card; it was a horror challenge. The referee missed a blatant red card – and he was five yards away. He’s in a mess, Matt Ritchie, at the moment. We hope he hasn’t done ankle ligaments but it certainly looks that way. He’s got cuts where he needs stitches and two or three wounds on his leg.”