Athletic draw with Doncaster in FA Cup

Last updated : 10 November 2007 By The Chairman
Athletic need a replay to decide whether they or Doncaster go through to the second round of the FA Cup after a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park. Manager John Sheridan was somewhat disappointed after it looked like the Latics had done enough after Neal Trotman (pictured) and Craig Davies had put the home side 2-0 up but James Hayter forced a replay by hitting two goals in the last half hour of the game.

Sheridan told Latics World, "I'm very disappointed because I thought we had the game won at 2-0, but we played very well against a good team and I was very happy with the way we played. At 2-0 up I thought we were never in danger. But once we got that two goal lead we switched off, but we've got a young team. I keep going on about leaders and that's what we needed out there today, someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck. But that's young players for you. That's something they'll have to learn and unfortunately we paid the price for it today."

"I'm getting used to injuries now because I've had a few while I'm here, but I'm proud of the lads who played. Chris Taylor was in at left-back and I thought he did very well, while my bench was almost a youth team. I'm proud, but gutted for them because they didn't get through this time, but we're still in the hat. Neal Trotman played very well, he gives us a big threat from set pieces and is always a danger. It was a great header and that gave us the advantage, but I was pleased with the whole team. We played very well for an hour and kept Doncaster quiet, apart from the early cross that hit the post they didn't give us much to worry about."

"We got in and around them well and got a lot of crosses into the box, and if we'd had a bit more luck and the ball had dropped for us we could have scored further goals. Then Craig pops up with a great finish. He picked his spot and I'm delighted he got on the scoresheet. Now I hope he can go on and score more goals. I'm disappointed with the defending. They were bad clearances and we had the opportunity to get the second one away. But it just fell nicely to him (Hayter) and it's one of those things. We saw in the last half hour that things creep into the game when you've got a young team. You can scream and shout all game, but that's what young players do. We were in the position to win the game but didn't, and I think that's what this team misses."