07:39 11th January 2017
Marco Silva says the Tigers will not give up on a place in the EFL Cup Final despite losing the first leg of their Semi-Final with Manchester United 2-0.
Second half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini mean that Silva’s side face an uphill task in trying to turn around the tie in the second leg at the KCOM Stadium in just over a fortnight’s time, but the new Head Coach has seen enough in his first two games in charge to suggest that a comeback is possible.
“We will try for sure,” said Silva.
“It was a pity for us to concede a second goal so late because if we keep it at 1-0, the result is more open for the second game.
“We have to try to do better in the second leg. I liked our performance at Old Trafford, but of course I am not happy with the result because I always want more for my team.
“I saw some wrongs in the team that we need to improve on, but I also saw some good things and we tried to cause Manchester United problems. We need to do that more in the next game.
“There are things we need to improve and this is what we now need to work on in training. We also need to put more players into the squad because at the moment we only have 15 fit (senior) players.”
Silva confirmed after the game that Jake Livermore’s absence at Old Trafford was due to illness, while Michael Dawson missed the game as a result of the shoulder injury picked up in the FA Cup win against Swansea City.
The Head Coach is hopeful that both players will be available for Saturday’s home game against Bournemouth, his first Premier League fixture in charge.
“For sure, Bournemouth is a big game. It is the next one and we must prepare well for this,” he added.
“The players that played against Manchester United must rest and make a good recovery. When we are at home, we need to win points for our position in the table.”