RUSHALL OLYMPIC FC
RUSHALL OLYMPIC FC
The Pics

REACTION: McDONALD ON FA CUP EXIT

11 September 2018

IT WAS a disappointing night for The Pics on Monday evening as we went out of the Emirates FA Cup following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sutton Coldfield Town.
A penalty from Lee Smith proved to be the difference between the two teams.
“It was always going to be a tough tie for us, but we are disappointed to go out of the competition at the first hurdle,” admitted manager, Liam McDonald. “Sutton may be a level below us now but they are a good side with players who have played regularly at our level.
“In fairness we should have wrapped up the tie during the first half on Saturday, but over both games they shaded it.
“We dominated the second half on Monday but missed too many chances as they defended well and worked hard for each other.
“They had a bit of luck on their side too, which all teams need, but take nothing away from Sutton because they were good and put their bodies on the line to get through and we wish them well in the next round.
“I thought that the referee had a decent game, but he got the crucial penalty decision wrong and watching it back again, nothing has changed my view on that. That said, we know that we have to be better; we’re going through our tough patch early in the season and the only way we will come through it is by everyone sticking together.
“This is a close-knit club and with everyone pulling in the same direction, we’ll get to where we want to be. A victory on Saturday would put us back in the top ten, so that’s not a bad start.
“We have to be better in both boxes and having key players missing has not helped our cause, but we’ll have two or three of them back for the weekend alongside a couple of new faces which will rejuvenate us.
“The confidence is not with us at the moment but that can quickly change with some positive results. We certainly have the quality here and I have every faith in the players.”