AFC Bridgnorth progressed in the FA Vase with victory over Pershore Town.
Jake Walton’s goal combined with Chris Crook’s penalty save aided the Meadowmen’s serge into the next round.
On the result:
“I’m so proud of everyone at the club today. We have had some tough times the last few weeks with injuries and losing games, and it’s been hard for me personally. Even the lads who didn’t come for reasons I’m also proud of.
“Last week upset me the way we lost. We rolled over and that’s not me, or this team and it’s not what I’m about.
“Everyone has bad days but yesterday I asked for the lads to give me everything, to fight for each other and the club and the player next to him, and they did and I thought we deserved it. They may disagree as they missed a penalty and some chances but that’s down to poor finishing and we took our chance when it came down to it.”
On the full-time message to the team:
“I told them that with belief, desire and with ethic you will go far in this game.
“You can’t coach lads wanting to fight for that ball when it’s torrential rain and horrible conditions. I just said believe in what we are doing and it will come.
“I was delighted for Jake Walton as I know he has been dying to get on and show his worth and he took his goal really well. We want lads to be relaxed and not slash at things and he stayed calm and took his goal well.”
On returning to league action:
“I don’t think we have to do much as the lads will continue to get better and better and admittedly Bilston will be a tough game, and yes they won again yesterday but I know we have quality and we shall work on things like we always do and enjoy the challenge.
“I think yesterday shows we are up for the fight and for my captain who couldn’t play, to come into the changing room and lead his team shows the spirit these guys have.
“It’s nice to see people smile at the club both at the top and bottom and that’s all I try to do and will continue to for this football club.”