Date: 9th November 2015 at 5:58pm
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Manager Teddy Sheringham was delighted to see Stevenage secure a three goal victory over Gillingham in the first round of the FA Cup at the weekend and he’s said he’s not bothered if we draw Salford City given their Manchester United connections in the next round.

In quotes carried by the Hertfordshire Mercury from his post game press conference, a delighted manager explained that should we draw Salford, owner by ex colleagues Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, plus Nicky Butt, it would only add to the occasion – his only request would be a Lamex based tie.

‘A couple of people have said Salford. But a home tie would be great.’

As for our victory over Gillingham though, Sheringham had to admit that with changes made an plenty of heart shown by the players – the fact the opposition only realised there was a game on with ten minutes to play was definitely a bonus.

‘Stupid game this game of football we’re involved in. But it feels better than last week I tell you that. We came out of the blocks and they didn’t. You have to take advantage of that and we did that. It gave us a leg up in the game. We got helped on our way and kept going from there. You try and work out what they are going to do. There were a couple of hairy moments and games can change on little moments. It wasn’t to be that little flourish that they had. We came good after that. We talked about what we needed to do to be better this week. I felt we applied ourselves very well in doing that.’

With Ronnie Henry potentially deserving of a red card following some handbags, Sheringham was asked about that and he felt it would’ve been harsh really.

‘After last week’s flashpoint I would say their fella has gone in a bit high. A lot higher than our player last week (Michael Tonge) and he got a three-game ban. Nothing happened with the first incident which was hard to understand.’

With further discussion about whether Armand Gnanduillet was offside for his strike on the day, the former England man added again luck was on our side.

‘I think Gnanduillet was offside. They worked it out and Deano squares the ball very unselfishly so Gnanduillet owes him one there.’

Fraser Franks was also interviewed by the official site after the game and he admitted the players were determined to make up for last week by taking victory this weekend and booking our place in the second round.

‘It was our plan. We knew how badly we started last week and we have been working all week to come out fast and dictate our game on them instead of sitting off and letting teams do it to us. We got them squeezed up the pitch and then they decided to drop off once we turned them. You can then get the clever players; Deano, Petty, Kenners on the ball and making things happen.’

Franks went on to admit the season had been frustrating so far for us, but with three nil being our biggest win margin so far, he knew everybody could take confidence from that and hopefully now carry it through with more consistent performances and results in our League Two campaign.

‘It has been a bit frustrating. Earlier on in the season we weren`t picking up results but were actually playing alright. The last two games we have not played well at all so today was good to get the performance and the result and we need to take that on into the league. I don`t know if there was pressure off because we knew how much we disappointed the fans last week so we had to come out and put it right. There was still pressure on this game; maybe we were slight underdogs with them being a League One team but we did what we could.’

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