Timm Klose says the team are closer together than ever following their penalty defeat to Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup.
“The team is getting closer and closer together and it’s great to see the young players really fighting for this Club,” Klose said. “It’s unbelievable how they work and fight for us.”
It was one of those youngsters – Jamal Lewis – who got on the end of Klose’s brilliant cross in the last minute of injury time to head home a dramatic equaliser.
“I think Nels was there, and I thought he’ll put it in but all of a sudden I saw Jamal go up for a header, which was very surprising. But when you get a delivery like that it’s easy to score!”
While City can be rightly proud of their performance, Klose said the overriding emotion was disappointment.
“We’re disappointed because we’re not in the next round,” he said. “We played against a very good team – one of the best in England – and we showed how well we can play, and how well we can defend.
“Sometimes you need luck against teams like that, and we didn’t quite get it in the end. Penalties is 50-50. It was unlucky for us that Nels didn’t score, because he worked so hard for the team and he was so important for us tonight.
“We played very solidly. There were some spicy situations but that’s normal against a team like Chelsea. If you saw who they brought on – I don’t know much money came on the pitch, but that’s the quality they have.”
City will have to dust themselves off and go again on Saturday against Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship, but Klose is looking forward to it. “That’s football. That’s why we play it and that’s why we love it. We go out again and we fight again. Now it’s back to the normal business.
“We are disappointed, but we have to get over that and look forward to the next game. We saw what happened after the Arsenal game [when City went through a tough spell], but I don’t think that will happen again because of our togetherness.
“Our fans were also unbelievable. You saw it today, they were celebrating us even though we lost the game. And that will give us a push for the weekend, and we know they’ll be behind us.”