Date: 25th April 2017 at 12:53pm
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Reflecting back on the Easter Sunday fixture, where we slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United with a performance that was, to put it mildly, below par, matters weren`t helped when, in the warm-up ahead of the game, Marcos Alonso was forced to pull out.

The late change seemed to set the tone on what was going to be one of those days.

After the match we learnt that Alonso had been unwell the night before and, although he tried his best to get through the illness, it forced him out of the fixture.

Today, lurking in the popular tabloid paper, The Sun, Marcos has spoken about that bout of illness and how it affected him, remarking,

“I was throwing up the night before and wasn`t feeling very good. I tried to do the warm-up the following day but I was about to faint on the pitch.

“I did not want to ask for a substitution after five minutes, so I pulled out. I watched the first half in the directors` box but I had to go to the team coach to have a lie down on my own. I fell asleep and missed the second half as I was feeling so bad.”

Thankfully there were no lasting effects and Alonso was able to play his part in the fine 4-2 FA Cup semi-final win against Spurs on Saturday.

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