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BOSS ON CUP EXIT

14 November 2012

Smith reflects on FA Cup loss...

SADDLERS' boss, Dean Smith has reflected upon our FA Cup defeat at the hands of Lincoln City.

"We looked nervy during the first half and never got going on the ball," he said. "We started the second half brightly and almost took the lead before they broke away to score what looked like an offside goal.

"We went on to dominate the possession and deservedly got back on level terms with a good strike. I thought at that stage that we would go on to see the game out but we conceded a disappointing goal from a set-piece.

"They got men behind the ball and made it difficult for us; my job now is to build the confidence back up but the players also have to help themselves and be better.

"At the start of the season there were no expectations on us and we started well with some really good results. With that came more pressure because those expectation levels were raised and we have to be able to live with that and deal with it.

"I'm hopeful of having Andy Taylor back on Saturday and we have other key players to come back into the fold."

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