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MICHAEL DUFF ON FA CUP VICTORY AT BOLTON

6 November 2022

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF ON FA CUP VICTORY AT BOLTON

6 November 2022

The boss gave his appraisal of our 2-1 victory away to the Trotters to iFollow Barnsley, seeing the Reds progress to the second round of this season's Emirates FA Cup.

The victory also signalled the Reds' first win over the Whites in 24 years, the last coming in this competition at Oakwell.

The gaffer was pleased with the result, but felt his side could have been more clinical in the final third to ensure a more comfortable conclusion to the game.

"A win's a win - wins always feel good," he began. "Difficult game. I thought we were good in the first half in particular. Disappointed not to be more than two goals up at half-time. Because we didn't take enough of those chances, the game becomes really difficult.

"It's a difficult place to come and win. It was a good performance and a good win."

Our opener came via Nicky Cadden on the left. The Scotsman delivering a wicked ball into the area which had to be dealt with. In an attempt to get something on the end of it, Ricardo Almeida Santos turned it into his own goal after six minutes.

Duff praised the attacking pattern that led to goal, admiring the strikers' movement - a result of work done on the training ground in recent weeks.

"It's something we've worked on - the centre forwards' runs," discussed the 44-year-old. "Coley [Devante Cole] made a run across the front and obviously because of that run, it takes the defender's eye off it. I think Boban [Slobodan Tedic] is there but it hit a defender.

"But, the fact that someone has made a run across the front creates that sort of chaos. That was pleasing, because that is something we've worked on."

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The Reds' second goal was slightly more easy on the eye, with Adam Phillips finishing a lovely team goal by half-volleying emphatically into the top corner.

The Reds boss emphasised the quality of the move leading up to it, with Liam Kitching finding Jordan Williams with a fantastic switch of play, and the latter cushioning the ball into the path of the goalscorer.

"The second I think is an excellent goal," he stressed. "I think it's an excellent move - that will probably get overshadowed by the fact that Adam's half-volleyed it in from twenty yards I think it was.

"The move to get to that was free-flowing and good football."

Saturday's victory means then the Reds are in the draw for the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, taking place at 7pm on Monday 7 November, live on BBC Two.

The slightly earlier kick-off time meant Duff did not know the full complement of teams who had progressed, but was keen for a tie that saw the Reds face off at Oakwell.

"A home game," he answered. "Just a home game is all we want. The games are still going on so I don't know who's through to the next round anyway! A home game would be nice."


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