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Dean: I Knew It Was Going To Be Tough

11 August 2012

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Manager Dean Saunders felt the game this afternoon would have provided excitement and value for money for the supporters, although the fact that over two hours of football was played is not ideal one week before the start of the all important league campaign 

“It was good for the supporters,” he said


“It was the first game of the season and they [supporters] got extra time and the excitement of a penalty shoot out.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game today, if you look at the history of the teams that have come out of the conference, Crawley/Stevenage, they’ve got a winning formula.  Having amassed the number of points that York did last year, I knew it would be difficult.


“I must say I don’t think it’s right going to extra time just before the season kicks off, but fair pay to York they forced the game and scored a great goal and we’ve had to dig deep.

“We stayed in the game, if we had gone 2-0 down we would have been down and out but we didn’t we stayed in it.

“We were a bit rusty, our passing wasn’t up to scratch in the first half – we looked like we hadn’t played together before which we hadn’t.


“It was tough but we defended well considering we’re really short. All I asked for today was to scrape through get into the next round and to come through the game without any injuries - unfortunately Paul Quinn got injured.

“We put so many crosses into the box today, it was obvious we need a goal scorer, so I will be doing something about that in the next couple of days hopefully. We only managed to get three outfield subs on the bench, that’s how short we are.”

Brian Stock’s departure to Burnley was also confirmed earlier in the day, and Dean confirmed he will be working hard to try and replace him.


“We’re obviously sad to lose Stocky, he’s been a great servant to the club and a fantastic player to work with, but we have to cut our cloth accordingly – I will have to replace him.


“We wish him well in the next instalment in his career, as I presume all the supporters will too.”








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