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Graham Coughlan | "It was a tough afternoon but we're still in the cup..."

2 December 2023

Club News

Graham Coughlan | "It was a tough afternoon but we're still in the cup..."

2 December 2023

Manager Graham Coughlan was left disappointed after his side were forced to settle for an Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round replay against Barnet after a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Shane McLoughlin set the Exiles on their way with his fifth goal in all competitions for the club, before a late header from Daniele Collinge deep into normal time earned the Bees a replay. 

“It was a tough afternoon but we’re still in the cup and that’s my thoughts at the moment,” said Coughlan.

“We had chances to put the game to bed, we didn’t. They scored and they were better than us today and we got out of jail but we’re still in the cup which is a positive.

“They put us under pressure and they had a good mentality from the start. We didn’t have the right mentality. It’s been a tough week, they had the week off and we didn’t, but they looked after the ball much better than us today.

“We kept turning the ball over and kept giving it away. We were very flat and we paid the ultimate penalty at the very end of the game. 

“We got away with one today let’s be fair to Barnet. We won’t be that bad when it gets to that next game because I thought we were very poor today.  

“Barnet in fairness deserved the replay in the end but we do feel a tad disappointed not to have put the game to bed earlier.” 

The Exiles and the Bees will be ball number 60 in tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup draw. You can watch it live on ITV from 12.55pm in the build-up to Eastleigh v Reading. 


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