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PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 06 July 2010

Lowestoft's Neil Plaskett under pressure against Sutton Coldfield at Crown Meadow. PHOTO: Andy Darnell

Lowestoft's Neil Plaskett under pressure against Sutton Coldfield at Crown Meadow. PHOTO: Andy Darnell

IT'S been another very good week for us.

League games are put on hold for a while because of the cup runs and they don't come any bigger than the FA Cup to be honest.

IT'S been another very good week for us.

League games are put on hold for a while because of the cup runs and they don't come any bigger than the FA Cup to be honest. On Saturday it was always going to be tough against Sutton Coldfield - you never get an easy game at this stage of the competition.

Everything we expected from the game, apart from the final result, came to light.

They were tough to break down, got plenty of players behind the ball and frustrated us.

I felt we were the better side, but got drawn into a bit of a scrappy affair with them. They were very physical and we got drawn into a scrap with them rather than playing football.

We know when we get it down and play we can cause any side problems so we were a bit disappointed with that, but we just couldn't score on the day.

Even though we weren't at our best, we were still organised, we were disciplined in our shape and work rate and we were hard to break down as well.

It left us with a long haul in the replay.

We felt we could play a lot better than Saturday and were confident in our dressing room about our capabilities and it held no fear going up there.

They tried to come at us but we stood toe-to-toe with them and played really well.

With their first notable shot they scored just before half-time and it was disappointing to go in at half-time 1-0 down but we told the boys 'you're on top just keep doing what you're doing'.

All credit to the lads, second half it was end-to-end but we were the better side. We put Darren Cockrill on up front because we knew he could cause problems. He's a big strong lad and really contributed well and was a handful for them.

Matty Nolan got an opportunity and he spanked it under the keeper for 1-1 and from some more good play and opportunity fell to Matty and it was a cracking finish again.

They threw a few high balls in towards the end, but we stood firm and defensive we were fantastic and every single one of them were heroes on the night.

We've got Hendon away in the FA Trophy on Saturday and it's going to be tough as their in a higher league. We've done our homework on them and we want to give ourselves every opportunity to come away from there with a result.

We're under no illusions it's going to be a really tough game and we've got to make sure we approach the game in the right way.

It's another competition we want to stay in.

We've got injury problems with Richard Woodrow, Reece Hunn, Carl Poppy, Scott Mitchell and we've still got long-term problems with Bradley Hough and Jack Marsden and Gary Holt took a knock on Monday and we'll see how he is.

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