Date: 5th January 2009 at 3:36pm
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Nigel Reo-Coker has said he was impressed with the team’s maturity against Gillingham and that for the younger lads it would have been a great education.

Speaking on the official site today after our nail biting encounter with Gillingham, Hokey said:

‘I was impressed with the team – the lads showed their maturity.

‘That was a man’s game – and we played like men. We had to battle throughout and we did well.

‘It was a good, old-fashioned, traditional cup-tie. That was what the magic of the competition is all about and we enjoyed every moment of it.

‘We knew what to expect – we thought it was going to be a really difficult tie – and that’s exactly what we got.

‘Gillingham came out and sustained their drive and determination for 90 minutes and worked incredibly hard – and thankfully we matched them.

‘I think the younger lads will have got a lot out of the game. It will have been good for their football education. You need to play at different grounds and against teams from different divisions – it’s essential for your development.

‘You can’t always play great, free-flowing football. It will have been a great experience.’

There’s definitely a steel to the squad now, if we had done a ‘UEFA’ and played the fringe players again there’s no doubt in my mind Gillingham would’ve dumped us out the Cup so having to really dig in would’ve done the first team’s confidence a world of good.

Moreover, it’s exactly the same type of game we expect Cheltenham or Doncaster to play so hopefully plenty would’ve been learnt by the team and we can make the 4th Round a little easier for the fans.

 

8 Replies to “We Battled And Deserved It”

  • The pitch was well bumpy. We need to field our strongest side and formation for the next round no argument.

  • Argument. Next round should be used to give the youngsters experience along with getting any new players used to MON’s ways. Only a few regulars should be used as we have Pompey 3 days later. ;-D

  • I’m with tarzan. The F.A. Cup is a prestigious trophy that is up there for grabs, and allowing for the luck of the draw, we have as good a chance as any of lifting the trophy.

  • Young Nathan Delfoueno did o.k. yesterday. Looked a little bit lost at times, and spurned a couple of opportunities, but the experience will have done him no harm at all.

  • Kimbo thank you for that insight into a game we all watched through rose tinted specs. A drawc would have been a fair result but we won end of… we are starting to win ugly and people will have to get used to it.

  • Glad to see MON in the papers saying that FOR NOW we will treat the cup with upmost respect, however if we continue to stay at our lofty heights in the league then he may re-evaluate the situation. I would love to see us win the cup or even a day out at Wembley but to get knocked out in the semis at the expense of our league position would throw away all the hard work put in so far this year.

  • There’s now way we should be resting players for this competition, as MON said – players can just as easily get injured in training. Spurs and Boro always do well in the cups as they feild strong teams. Besides I agree with Martin Jol – it’s arrogant.

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