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Gary reflects on FA Cup win and the draw

Greensnet Editor
Tue 04 Oct 2016, 17:24

Gary McCann has reflected on the FA Cup win at the weekend, together with the fourth qualifying round draw. He said, "I was delighted with the win. We have put in our two best performances this season in our last two FA Cup ties and possibly our three best if you include the Cheshunt game.

"But a concern for me is that we have dropped into the bottom four in the League. I know we have 36 matches to sort out the league position. I am looking for these FA Cup performances to be replicated in the League; we have under-performed in these fixtures.

"I would also add that in the cup-ties, we have been much better in having the right blend of physicality and quality in the team, Unavailability has played its part too.

"I was really pleased with the way we approached dealing with Rushden's style of play. We knew they would be very big, but all of our units, attack, midfield and defence, played well. Apart from a couple of hairy moments in the first half, I thought we were dominant.

"I know how important a good cup run is to the club. The prize money we have earned will give a vital boost to our club's finances."

On the subject of the FA Cup draw, sending Hendon to near-neighbours Boreham Wood, currently mid-table in the Vanarama National League Premier Division - two tiers above Hendon - McCann admitted, "It's not the best draw we could have hoped for. A familiar Conference (National League) Premier team away. It is a difficult tie, but one we need to be positive in.

"We will not sit in and contain. We will look to attack and see the where that takes us. It will be nice to see some familiar faces especially Junior Lewis. But our friendship is on hold for a week or two."