‘I have no idea how we have not won!’ - AFC Sudbury boss Morsley

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 October 2018

The ball is in the back of Haringey Borough's net after former Colchester United left-back Michael O'Donoghue's (No. 3) own goal. Picture: CARL MARSTON

The ball is in the back of Haringey Borough's net after former Colchester United left-back Michael O'Donoghue's (No. 3) own goal. Picture: CARL MARSTON

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AFC Sudbury boss, Mark Morsley, could not believe that his side had not beaten hosts Haringey Borough, or a least forced a replay back at King’s Marsh, after Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round tie in North London.

Spectators in the main stand before Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Haringey Borough. Picture: CARL MARSTONSpectators in the main stand before Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Haringey Borough. Picture: CARL MARSTON

In the end, a goal either side of half-time from Chinedu McKenzie earned Borough a 2-1 lead, after Michael O’Donoghue’s 16th minute own goal had given Sudbury an early lead.

“I have no idea how we have not won this game!” rued Morsley.

“However, I suppose I do know because we have not taken our chances.

“For the first 35 minutes I thought we played some really good stuff, and we had enough chances to have been 3-0 up and therefore won the game. We were incisive and we moved the ball well. We were brilliant.

“Fair play to Haringey, they came back into the game and then scored a scruffy goal. We didn’t deal with it well, and then in the second-half their winning goal was a deflected shot.

“The ball was going wide and then it went in off a deflection, so that’s a frustration.

“I think we kind of just lost our way a little bit, but I think the change going to a back three, like in the previous round, helped and galvanised us a little bit.

“I thought we finished the game very well, but the thing is, you cannot have three or four chances to score and not take any of them.

“You have got to hit the target, but we didn’t make the keeper work hard enough, and Billy’s (Holland’s) chance at the end was the big one.

“He’s got to score, near the end, going through one-on-one. He’s got to make the keeper at least work.

“I still can’t believe that we haven’t at least got a draw to get a replay out of it. But that’s the way it goes in football sometimes.

“When you lose, it’s better if you go away thinking that they deserved it, which makes today a bit frustrating because we shouldn’t have lost.

“Royston and Bognor (victories over them in the two previous rounds) were far better than today’s opposition, but at least this Cup run should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season,” added Morsley.

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