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REACTION | Tristan Abrahams says Exiles are eager for more cup success after Swansea City scalp

5 September 2020

Striker Tristan Abrahams says the Exiles are eager for more cup success after progressing through to the second round of the Carabao Cup against Swansea City.

Abrahams scored a first-half brace to ensure County's south Wales rivals were added to their lengthy list of cup scalps

The Exiles have enjoyed more success in the FA Cup in recent seasons having failed to advance beyond the second round stage in the League Cup since their return to the Football League seven years ago.

But Abrahams insists they will be looking to improve that record this term by enjoying more success in the competition.

"After watching the club’s previous cup runs over the past few years, I would love to be involved in one," said Abrahams.

"It would be special if we could take on some more big teams, beat them and progress further in this cup.

"I really enjoyed the game today and it was good to get back out there because we’ve had a lot of time off. It was a difficult game with them being Championship opposition but I thought the boys did well and we held our own out there. Hopefully we can take this forward now into the league season."

The striker will no doubt steal the headlines after an impressive display against the Swans helped County on their way to the next round.

However, it was a resolute defensive display from Michael Flynn's men which kept the visitors at bay, ensuring Nick Towesend was untroubled in the County goal for large parts of the tie.

"I couldn’t have asked for a better start and I probably should’ve got a couple more, but I’m grateful to get two goals today," Abrahams added.

"Hopefully I can kick on and get a few more this season.

"But I have to give the whole team praise for the way that we defended today. Swansea are a Championship side and they attacked well but I thought we minimised the chances that they had. It’s another positive that we managed to come away with a clean sheet too.

"We did ourselves proud and I think that’s proved how hard we’ve worked during pre-season. That’s all paying off now."

The fixture was the Exiles' first competitive clash since the Sky Bet League Two clash against Carlisle United in March due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

And now Abrahams says they will look to build momentum on Tuesday against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy before their opening Sky Bet League Two fixture on Saturday.

"The manager said that we’ve set the bar now and we’ve got to keep working at that level.

"We’ve been raring to go for such a long time and I’ve really been missing football. It felt so good to be back out there with everything that’s gone on.

"I appreciate all the opportunities that the manager has given me, so I’m just trying to repay the faith that he’s put in me. I want to show that I can play at the highest level possible because I believe I can.

"Getting some momentum in the first few games is so important so hopefully we can carry that on into the first league game next Saturday now too."

 


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