Wide-man reflects on trip to Stoke...ASHLEY Hemmings notched his second Capital One Cup goal of the season at Stoke on Wednesday evening as we went out of the competition to our top-flight hosts despite putting in a performance full of positives.
"I was glad to get the goal but disappointed that we went out," he said. "We played some great football and gave it 100%, qualities that we will be looking to take into Saturday's game now.
"We weren't good enough during the first half and conceded a couple of sloppy goals, but we were more comfortable on the ball after the break and managed to get forward and create chances.
"There were plenty of positives for us to take out of the game and now we move on to the next one."
Hemmings finished off a neat move at a time when we were on top and causing our hosts plenty of problems.
"It was a great move that led to my goal," he continued. "I'm working on getting into the box more and getting more goals, so it was nice to see it go in.
"Stoke's third goal killed us, but we still went at it and showed people what we are capable of. This is the level that we want to play at; it was a great experience coming here and we'll learn from it.
"I must say that the fans were excellent as well. They have given us so much support this season and it really does keep us going.
"Confidence is high going into Saturday's game against Preston. We will give them the respect that they deserve, but if we can perform as we did on Wednesday, we have to fancy our chances."