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Morecambe: FA Cup Is Massive

Posted by Max Hunter
Posted on Wed 21 Nov 2018
Posted in Interviews

Saw you beating your chest at the fans after the final whistle. How good does it feel to be in the next round of the FA Cup?

Its massive you know, the FA cup its massive. I don’t think people realise how big it is. It’s an old traditional cup its massive for a club like us the financial reward it’s great for the club, and for the fans they want to see a good cup run and we want to test ourselves against teams in higher leagues. We’ve got Wimbledon at home in the next round so it’s great for the players, fans and its good financially for the club.

First you dominated the game as a team, do you feel you should’ve got more from the first half?

You can always say so. We had one chalked off for offside I don’t know if it was or not. In terms of possession in the first half we used the ball well and playing against a football league team you’d expect them to come back into the game and have spells we knew that, and we had to ride the pressure out and soak up the storm and look to counter attack. Obviously, we dropped deeper naturally we done a lot of defending but overall, I think the game plan was right.

Do you feel they stepped it up a gear in the second half?

Yeah but you’d expect that. They’re a League Two team. They shift the ball well they’ve got good players, but overall tonight I don’t think you can really argue with the result tonight.

You say you were dropping deeper as a team; do you feel the experience against Dover going through the same situation helped?

Its similar, but I think that’s just the nature of the beast. If you go a goal up, you naturally look to defend your lead and look to counter attack teams. It’s one of them where we’re confident of doing that in the way we defend as a team, not just as a goalie and a back four but as a team with got good units in various areas of the pitch to defend and we are willing to out our bodies on the line to get through.

For their play around the box Sam Johnson was never really tested, was he?

No, he wasn’t. There was a lot of what the manager likes to call blind pressure. Just balls into the box and we dealt with them. As you say Sam was never really tested much tonight.

Ebbsfleet next do you feel momentum is building in the team now?

Yeah little things in your season spark your season. I think the first result Morecambe a few Saturdays ago was a good. We’d been struggling in the league and that was a nice stop of the rot, we drew and kept a clean sheet and I think that’s now five out of seven clean sheets now so its platforms to build from, now were scoring goals we can hopefully turn a lot more draws into wins and start moving up the table. The FA Cup is brilliant for the club, but the bread and butter are the league and we’re nowhere near where we want to be in the league now. Its tight lines and you look for certain sparks in your season and I think we’ve turned a corner now and hopefully move forwards.

Finally, how good were the fans tonight?

The fans were brilliant, I don’t need to say that more I think they must be bored of me saying it. They helped us, obviously going back a couple of weeks there was a bit of negativity at the club. People looked to blame certain things you hear stupid comments like questioning the manager. This manager is the right manager for the club and moving forwards. I think when things aren’t going great naturally as a club you get frustrated and people look to pinpoint certain areas and you get scapegoats. It shows our resilience as a squad everyone is fully behind this manager and we know what he wants from us, and we’re going to move forward under him 100% confident of that. So, I think that fans need to be a little bit patient, we’ve just gone full time this year we are a team in transition. At the start of the season we would’ve taken where we are at this moment in time and we are only kick on and get better and better because this group are growing, we’re a new group and we are getting stronger and stronger and I think we’re going to have a good push now.

 

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