Wijnaldum talks about their reaction to Aston Villa’s equalizer in the last minutes of the first half.
second goal in their 4-1 victory against Aston Villa says that although they won the game but they were shocked by the goal that leveled everything in the last five minutes of the first half.
Here is what he said about their reaction to Aston Villa’s equalizer in the dressing room:
“We stayed calm and we stayed calm in the dressing room,”
he told the club's website
“We said we shouldn’t go crazy and shouldn’t lose confidence because for the first half an hour we did quite well and created chances but we didn’t score them.
"After that the counter-press was not that good so I think it was a deserved goal from them because we didn’t defend it well.
“That’s what you get in football, because when you don’t defend well then the other team, especially with their quality, can create chances and that’s what happened and they scored a goal.
“There’s a lot of things that can happen against any team so that’s what we said at half-time and we just changed a few things around.”
About their mindset about the competitions he added:
“We said at the beginning of the season that we wanted to play for everything,
“Of course it’s difficult to play everything with your strongest team because during the season you play so many games, especially now, and you have to rotate a lot.
“But I think we did well [against Villa] and hopefully we can do well in the next round because this is a competition we also want to win. We have won a lot but the FA Cup we haven’t won, so we want to do it.”