First of all I’m delighted to take it back to the Brewery Field – on another day I think we would have won comfortably but we hit the bar three times and their keeper made some great saves but to be fair to the lads the pitch was horrendous – not being disrespectful to Winsford – but if we had played them on a different park I believe we would have won comfortably.
When its nil nil, especially over 120 minutes you are always wary of the odd goal going in which we were today but I think the players put a tremendous amount of effort in and though it wasn’t a great game I think that was mainly down to the pitch.
The next best thing to a result is to take the game back to Spennymoor on Tuesday night which we have done. The game certainly isn’t over, but we have given ourselves a fighting chance.
They battled well today but so did we. People say we are a good footballing side which we are, but we had to do the ugly side today. I have seen better park pitches which is no disrespect to Winsford as they have been battling against the weather to get the game on, but they will find a totally different surface on Tuesday night.
We would probably have lost that game a couple of seasons ago if you go back to teams such as Gresley and the like where we lost the game in the dying minutes where it was a similar sort of surface when we went out of the cup. We are going back to the North East tonight very happy that we are still in the draw for the next round.
I would like to thank the supporters who were outstanding today and to bring approximately 200 fans when the crowd was 271 says it all. Yes it wasn’t the greatest performance for them today but hopefully they will come back on Tuesday night to see us finish the job off.
Still being in the draw is the key thing for me having played 120 minutes away from home where Peter hasn’t had a save to make and their keeper has pulled off some worldies and us hitting the bar three times. If you had asked me at the end of the ninety minutes, I would have settled for a draw and take them back to Spennymoor on the Tuesday night.
I said to the players after the game that it’s certainly not won yet as they are a decent side who have a good work rate and some players who can cause you problems, but I fancy us strongly at home, but we need to turn up and have the desire to get through to the next round.