FA CUP: Cooke: ‘I’m really proud of the players’

By Steve Sharman:

Manager Dave Cooke says he is extremely proud of his players following the club’s run in the FA Cup which was ended on Saturday after a 5-0 defeat to Stevenage in the First Round.

The Dabbers ran their League Two opponents very closely in the cup encounter but three Stevenage goals in eight second half minutes ended any hope of a cup upset and despite defeat Cooke could not hide his pride.

He said: “I’m really proud and proud of all the players.¬†The lads have done fabulous to get as far as we have.

“We believed before the game that if we could possibly nick a goal we might have run them a little closer.

“I just thought the longer the game went on, we were in the game. If we could have got to half time at 0-0 and the longer then game went on we could have had a chance. The first goal is always key.

“But we came in at half time at 1-0 and we did really really well to be honest, and for the next ten or fifteen minutes of the second half we had a go.

“Their manager said if we had scored then, they would have been in trouble, but they did us on three set pieces and it wasn’t to be.”

After defeat in the FA Trophy last week too, the Dabbers will now have to play catch up in the league, and the gaffer says the focus is now moving up the league table.

“We have to get back to winning ways in the league and I’m sure with these players and one or two additions we can start moving up the table.”

The team are next in action this coming Saturday as they travel to Matlock Town in the league with the game kicking off at 3pm.

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