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We Found A Way To Win - Sweeney

19 October 2019

Club News

We Found A Way To Win - Sweeney

19 October 2019

Antony Sweeney admitted Pools had not been at their best

during their FA Cup tie with Brackley Town but praised the players for finding

a way to win.

Ryan Donaldson's deflected second half strike was enough to

settle the encounter with The Saints but there were plenty of nervous moments

for Pools on a day when keeper Ben Killip was once again in top form.

However, Sweeney's men will be in the hat for Monday evening's

First Round draw and that comes as a big relief to the caretaker boss who

conceded it was a frustrating afternoon at times.

“It's job done,” Sweeney told Pools TV.

“Have we played well? No. Have we played better and lost?

Yes. But in cup competitions you've just got to find a way of getting through

to the next round and that's what we've done.

“I was demanding a fast start but we didn't get that and, I'll

be honest, there were a few choice words said at half-time and it got a bit


“I've no problem with that because the game needed a spark

and someone to take it by the scruff of the neck so when you see some passion in

the dressing room it can be a way to kick-start it and I thought we were better

in the second half.

“I think it's important if you're going to have a good

season that you win games when you're not at your best – we've had two games

where we weren't at our best but we've won twice and kept two clean sheets so

we take the positives.

“Ben Killip has been unbelievable in the two games for me

and he's been a big part of why we got three points and got through to the next

round of the cup - though I don't really want my keeper to be Man of the Match in

home games!

“Someone told me you can get a bye in Monday's draw so hopefully our number is last out and we can progress to the next round – but whoever we get, we'll need to perform better than we did today.”

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