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We're happy with what was a tough win

PUBLISHED: 11:14 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 05 July 2010

CHAPPO'S CORNER



SATURDAY was another important game, where we collected three very valuable, hard earned points.

We're the first to admit though that we didn't play very well on the day and were on the backfoot as we looked quite heavy legged.

CHAPPO'S CORNER

SATURDAY was another important game, where we collected three very valuable, hard earned points.

We're the first to admit though that we didn't play very well on the day and were on the backfoot as we looked quite heavy legged.

It was 0-0 at half time, but we had the quality in the second half to eventually win. We were solid at the back and stuck together - so all credit to the lads for getting the result in the end.

The boys did look tired as we'd had two hard away games prior to Saturday and we were up against a good Tiptree side who made us work for the result on a heavy pitch.

We did work hard, but we didn't have the spark we normally have - saying that we scored two good goals and kept a clean sheet.

You can't always play well all the time, but good sides pick up results when they're not playing well. It was one of those days for us but we still stuck together and ground out a result.

We had more quality than them and deserved the win in the end. It was a well-deserved victory and sometimes you have to win ugly.

We've been taking things one game at a time, whether it's the cup or the league, and tomorrow is no different. We are focused on the next game only.

On Saturday there were three points at stake in an important league game - tomorrow there's an important cup game and progression into the next round of the Vase at stake.

We are not looking any further ahead than that game! We know it will be a very, very, very tough game on Saturday - make no bones about that.

We'll have to be on the button, and we'll be focusing on ourselves. We're not under any illusions - they are a quality side who knocked Leiston out in the last round.

Before that, Leiston were joint favourites with AFC Fylde - so Hungerford are a quality side who must be one of the favourites now as well.

They've scored lots of goals this season and have a similar record to ourselves. Ady and I are too long in the tooth for all the psychological rubbish that has been coming out of their camp - we won't be taking anything for granted tomorrow.

Yes, we're at home and the crowd can play a huge part, but we need to focus on ourselves. We've got the quality to cause them problems but if we're not right tomorrow, they can cause us problems.

We'll have to guard against that and the boys know that if they do their jobs as individuals, then collectively it will all come together. As with any cup competition you also need that bit of luck to go your way and we'll be hoping Lady Luck shines on us.

We'll be picking from a strong squad tomorrow. Jamie Stokeld and Damian Hilton are cup tied, and Bradley Hough is still struggling. So apart from a few little niggles and illness everyone should be fine tomorrow.

We're looking forward to the game and hopefully there will be a big crowd there to cheer us on and help us get into the next round.

Micky Chapman was speaking to Mark Boggis

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