The Dugout #14Date: 08 December 2017 at 21:28 by Liam Cook
Liam Cook from CUTV and Ollinton Matthews Paris, Coventry United First Team Coach, talk through an extraordinary week for the Red and Greens
Liam - Well, that was quite a game. Now the dust has settled after the penalty shootout defeat to Bromsgrove, what are your feelings on the result?
Ollinton - Still GUTTED! After fighting back from 3-0 down at half time to 3-3, dominating extra time with possession and chances, to lose on sudden death penalties is hard to take. The lads & fans deserved the result, but that’s cup football. Bromsgrove were a worthy opponent, so good luck to them in the next round. We’ll move forward.
Liam - The game was a complete rollercoaster ride, with highs and lows throughout the night. Can you give us an insight into the reaction and emotions of the coaching staff during a game like that?
Ollinton - You can plan and prepare for any game, but after two early goals against the wind, sometimes it can just boil down to character and passion. It’s difficult to keep your composure when you’re so emotionally invested in a big tie. 3 goals is a big ask, but the previous tie showed we’ve got heart in the side. We knew we had a mountain to climb but the lads took it to another level. I was devastated they didn’t get the result they deserved, but very proud of the team performance.
Liam - Two players who really impressed after half time were Aaron Opoku and Aaron Wint, two lads who have struggled to hold down first team places lately. Will their showings from the bench give them the chance to impress from the start next time out?
Ollinton - It’s a great squad with deep quality. Competition for places is fierce but you can only name eleven. The boys made a great impact and put in magnificent performances, as did many of the lads. It couldn’t have hurt their chances and leaves the gaffer with good selection problems, which is a big positive. It’s great for the team.
Liam - Will the defeat leave the players disappointed or will it give them even more determination to win the league?
Ollinton - It’s natural to feel disappointed at the cup result, but the level of passion and performance was excellent. Bromsgrove are a strong side and will be there or there abouts. So if we can match them over two legs, it proves we can compete with anyone. There’s a long way to go, with a lot of games to be played. If we can play to that level consistently, we will always have a chance.
Liam - 4 hours of exceptional football for the neutral supporter to enjoy. In terms of action, over the 2 legs, this has to be the most exhilarating few days in your time at United?
Ollinton - Without a doubt. A bit of everything over the two legs. I’ve received quite a few messages and comments from people outside of the club. It was a great advert and I think there have been a lot of positives, especially in showing the fans what the shirt means to the players. The fans were immense again. The support and atmosphere they brought were massive for us. It will live long in the memory.
Liam - A very different challenge at the weekend. A long trip to Shawbury, a team who have caused United problems in the past, on a difficult surface. What will be the response on Saturday?
Ollinton - As always, the team will go out to win the game, whatever the conditions. The league is obviously now the prime focus and the next game is always important. The team will go out looking for a result and play as we have seen they can. Hopefully we can get the win and crack on from there.