Welcome Gaffer. I don't know whether to congratulate you or commiserate with you but I see you've got a big smile on your face so I presume you must be happy.
Aye, I'm delighted. Sure I'm disappointed at losing the Evolution final, who wouldn't be? However, The Manager Cup has always been my priority competition so to win it for a third time was just brilliant! There was very little difference between Partick, Lisbon and ourselves, so for us to have won both finals we would've had to have been very lucky, and similarly very unlucky to lose both. The odds therefore suggested that we'd win one and lose one and that's what happened.
Things didn't go too well for us in the Evolution final, did they?
No, unfortunately. We had an awful first half. We just couldn't seem to generate a shot whereas they seemed to be shooting at will. Then we lost our most influential defender, Craig Moore, to injury and we found ourselves two down before half time.
You haven't mentioned the penalties, Gaffer.
Well, Big Colin was still distraught this morning, our Big Colin, not their Big Colin, if you know what I mean, so I promised him I wouldn't mention the penalties.
Ah, I understand Gaffer but it was bizarre how a SL29 FW could have four penalty kicks saved in the one game.
Aye well, it wouldn't be a true Teddybears' season if we didn't lose at least one game under bizarre circumstances, and up until Friday that hadn't really happened this season.
You said after The Manager Cup final that you felt a bit embarrassed about using aggression to gain the possession advantage.
Aye, I don't like doing it if I can avoid it. It just seems an underhanded way to gain a significant advantage but after Friday's events I just couldn't take the risk in case USL played aggressively. As it turned out the game was still very close and we just got the necessary breaks to pip USL.
Well Gaffer, I'll let you get back to your celebrations.
Till next time.........join us when The Gaffer will be discussing some of the key decisions which made the season just gone so memorable for every Bear!