Boss eyes Trophy progress...NATURALLY we want to do as well as we can in every competition that we enter and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy provides us with one of the two main routes in which we can get to Wembley.
We go into tonight’s tie unbeaten in our last three games having followed up consecutive victories over Chesterfield and Notts County with Saturday’s late leveller against Shrewsbury Town to keep us in the FA Cup.
Looking back at our last game, I felt that we were the better side overall during the 90 minutes.
We conceded a disappointing early goal, but managed to take the game to our opponents after that and in the end it would have been a travesty had we not been involved in Monday evening’s second round draw.
As a group we are getting better and becoming more consistent in our performances and with that, results will usually improve. I was really impressed with the character, resilience and energy displayed by the players to get a result out of the last game.
There is still plenty of work to do in the replay, of course, but for now our main focus is on making progress in this competition and overcoming the hurdle that stands before us this evening.
We know that Sheffield United are good team and have quality all over the pitch. There is the added incentive of the live television cameras being here tonight as we look to make our mark and put in a level of performance that we know we are capable of.
Our supporters helped us over the finishing line in the last game here and hopefully we’ll get some more good backing this evening.