Rovers' clinical edge proves the difference in ending Iron's FA Cup dreams

Braintree and Witham Times: Rovers' clinical edge proves the difference in ending Iron's FA Cup dreams Rovers' clinical edge proves the difference in ending Iron's FA Cup dreams

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire felt some of his players fell short of their best in their 3-0 defeat by Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup.


The Iron’s dreams of causing a Cup upset were denied by goals from Joe Thompson, Cole Stockton and Max Power and Devonshire felt it was the Football League side’s more clinical finishing that proved the difference.


He said: “As a manager of a football club, you don’t like getting beaten, so I look at things we maybe should have done better.


“There were six or seven who were at the top of their form and three or four who weren’t and I thought that was the difference.


“We needed to score early to give us something to hold on to, but we didn’t and we now have to move on and look forward to Grimsby.


“At the end of the day, their finishing was just better than ours.”


Braintree’s cause wasn’t helped by injuries to influential players at key stages of the game and Devonshire is bracing himself to losing a couple for upcoming Blue Square Bet Premier games.


He added: “I don’t think you can look at it and say Tranmere’s players were that much better than our players, but they did a professional job.


“And when three of your best players (Dean Wells, James Mulley and Sean Marks) get injured you could see how it disrupted us.


“Dean’s shoulder is fine.


“It wasn’t a problem with the dislocation, but it was his neck that got whacked and he couldn’t breathe.


“He’ll be fine, but Sean Marks had a bad gash on top of his head and needed stitches so I think he’ll be struggling for Saturday and James had a really bad whack on the top of his thigh.


“He’ll be out for two or three weeks.


“But we go on and we will have a real go at Grimsby on Saturday.


“They are flying, but then all the games are tough in the league we are in.”


Devonshire also had praise for the Iron’s supporters who made up the majority of the 1,503 crowd.


He said: “It was a great crowd on the night, the TV cameras were there and the boys didn’t let themselves down.


“That was all I wanted.
 

“The crowd were fantastic and hopefully we’ll be able to give them more nights like this.


“It would be nice to see them come back for the Wrexham game next Tuesday.”

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2:26am Wed 14 Nov 12

exbtreeresident says...

Tell you something the language used by the supporters & players was absolutely DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!
! I couldn't let my kids watch the game because of the foul language the players&fans&team ,managers ought to be disgusted especially with it being on national T.V .


ASHAMED B.T.F.C FAN
Tell you something the language used by the supporters & players was absolutely DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!! ! I couldn't let my kids watch the game because of the foul language the players&fans&team ,managers ought to be disgusted especially with it being on national T.V . ASHAMED B.T.F.C FAN exbtreeresident

9:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

BTFC FAN says...

What was this language? I was standing in all the BTFC fans behind the goal, and there wasnt much swearing... you have to accept some bad laguage...
What was this language? I was standing in all the BTFC fans behind the goal, and there wasnt much swearing... you have to accept some bad laguage... BTFC FAN

11:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

spwbtfcfan says...

i was also behind the goal and yes a small amount of swearing was used it was not that much....this has been taken well out of proportion, @exbtreeresident its your choice what level you feel is acceptable to your children but what was actually said was very minimal for a football match....did u not hear the fans singing and dancing the whole game, cos believe me, after the game i was very tired from both.....
i was also behind the goal and yes a small amount of swearing was used it was not that much....this has been taken well out of proportion, @exbtreeresident its your choice what level you feel is acceptable to your children but what was actually said was very minimal for a football match....did u not hear the fans singing and dancing the whole game, cos believe me, after the game i was very tired from both..... spwbtfcfan

2:06am Thu 15 Nov 12

Phil Arthur says...

Sad to say bad language and football spectating almost go hand in hand. I'm pleased you never attended when a certain previous Manager was in full voice. I've never heard Alan Devonshire swear, though I suspect like most in the game he might reserve a few choice words for the dressing room. I take it exbtreeresident it's been awhile since you've attended a professional game!
Sad to say bad language and football spectating almost go hand in hand. I'm pleased you never attended when a certain previous Manager was in full voice. I've never heard Alan Devonshire swear, though I suspect like most in the game he might reserve a few choice words for the dressing room. I take it exbtreeresident it's been awhile since you've attended a professional game! Phil Arthur

10:52am Thu 15 Nov 12

GorlestonWitham says...

I watched the game the day after on a recording, as I was at Witham v Ware the night before, I did not hear bad languague just supporters getting behind their team, what a pity someone has to ruin Braintree's big day "exbraintreeresident
" Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I thought both Witham & Braitnree are good examples of non league clubs in Essex.
I watched the game the day after on a recording, as I was at Witham v Ware the night before, I did not hear bad languague just supporters getting behind their team, what a pity someone has to ruin Braintree's big day "exbraintreeresident " Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I thought both Witham & Braitnree are good examples of non league clubs in Essex. GorlestonWitham

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