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Neal on FA Cup progress after win at Haringey

Manager's reaction after victory against non league side

10 November 2018

Neal Ardley said that the main thing was to be in the hat for the second round of the Emirates FA Cup after Wimbledon just edged out Haringey Borough.

Speaking to our iFollow channel after the last-gasp victory, thanks to Mitch Pinnock's winner, our manager said: "It was not how we would have liked or how people thought, but it was a tough game. I don't think we did enough in the first-half. The last thing I said to the boys was that they had to act like they were the better team in possession, we needed to move the ball well, but we did it too slow. We didn't have enough of that intent in the final third. We only had one attempt on target in the first-half so I just got into them about that for the second-half. We did loads more in the second-half, their keeper has made loads more saves, taken loads more crosses. In the end it was a slice of fortune that we probably haven't had all season that decided it for us, but we had to be in there to get it.

"I don't think Joe McDonnell had anything to do, he didn't have a save to make. They tried to catch us on the break, but we dealt with that relatively well. The game got more open as it went on, but the boys kept going and they finally got their reward. We were on a hiding to nothing. When people expect you to score four and you don't do that, it's not good enough. The main thing is that the fans can look at the draw on Monday night and know that they are a part of it."

Neal praised Haringey for raising their game on the night and he added that more is required from the team to improve the club's league position.

"People said you will beat them, but I said that they have 30 or 40 per cent more in them," said Neal. "That's what they did, I thought they were brilliant. In the conditions, we didn't really have that cutting edge until late on.

"We've got a long way to go. The league is a totally different kettle of fish. We should have got more out of the Shrewsbury game, but we didn't. We've talked about both boxes being important and we've kept two clean sheets and we've scored at the other end. It's a start. There is a long way to go and we need to do better, we know that, but it's a start. I can't ask for more than two wins with five goals scored and none conceded. We now need to try and transfer that into the league regularly."

Neal's full post-match reaction is on our iFollow channel and can be viewed by clicking on the link above.


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