Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan has hailed his side’s ‘fantastic’ display against Nuneaton Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round last night.
The Tudors beat their Conference Premier opponents 2-0 after extra-time to book a first round proper clash with League Two side Bury.
“I was proud of our players’ disciplined performance last night,” said Brennan. “We showed fantastic desire and fitness levels; as the game went on the quality of our play improved, especially in extra-time.”
The Tudors boss was delighted by the performance of his team, and reserved special praise for substitute Jamal Lowe, whose introduction changed the game.
“We had to make a change at half-time as Kyle Connolly picked up a knock,” said Brennan. “I felt all our substitutes made a big impact.
“I was delighted for Jamal Lowe who scored the first goal – he showed us what potential he has as a young, talented footballer.
“Jamal needs to believe in himself that wee bit more because he has fantastic attributes.
“The work ethic and desire of all our players was first class and we have set our standard in that department.
“It always pleases me when we get a clean sheet – I’m nearly sure that’s our seventh clean sheet in 15 games, which is not bad at all.”
The Tudors will head to Gigg Lane to take on Bury on Saturday, November 8 – a test Brennan says he is relishing.
“It will nice for the players to go and compete at a Football League Two team in the first round of the famous FA Cup,” said Brennan. “It will be a new experience for everyone at our club – for our supporters and players – and it is one everyone is looking forward to.
Brennan is not getting carried away with the result, though, and knows stern tests lay ahead.
“For me and the team it’s business as usual,” said the Hemel manager. “We will assess the injury list as I know at least two players picked up injuries last night.
“We need to recover from the Nuneaton game. The players can enjoy their day off today but on Thursday evening we will be totally focusing on Bishop’s Stotford away this Saturday.
“They are a very physical side with plenty of pace. It’s important we go there with lots of confidence to get a result. It’s another game we are looking forward to.”
Brennan finished by paying homage to the Hemel fans, who roared their team on to victory last night.
He added: “I was also proud of our wonderful supporters, the Tudor Army, who were our 12th man again last night.
“They had Vauxhall Road rocking. We are all in it together and the players appreciate all your support; keep up the great work.”