Boss delighted at another away-day success
Paul Buckle was proud of his players after watching his side bounce back from Saturday's disappointment against Dartford to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup after victory at Nuneaton.
Two goals from Scott Rendell did the damage against Boro that sealed a home tie with Dorchester two weeks on Saturday to the pleasure of the boss.
“I'm absolutely delighted – the main task was to get through tonight and, coming after Saturday, I've got a great response – I'm really proud of the players,” Buckle said afterwards.
“Credit to Nuneaton. They earned the right to take it to a replay and watching that tonight nobody would have thought they were bottom of the league.
“We've coped well under pressure at times. We know coming away from home teams are not just going to roll over.
“We've got through and kept a clean sheet – that's a pleasing thing and after Saturday we're back on track.
“It wasn't easy and it never was going to be, especially with the likes of Fleetwood, Shaw, Ainge and Smith out. They're big players for us.”
The Town's eighth away win of the season set-up a home meeting with Blue Square Bet South side Dorchester who dumped League 2 Plymouth out of the competition nine days ago.
“That's a warning itself,” said Buckle. “It's the FA Cup and anything can happen. We'll prepare and plan right for it. We know we need to improve our home form and we know it's not going to be easy.”
One of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for midfielder James Dance, who came on for the final few moments after 10 months on the sidelined through injury.
“It's great to see James back,” said Buckle. “Tonight was a reward for his hard work and attitude. I love having him around the place.
“He just needs game time but it's difficult to fit in development reserve games when we're playing Saturday-Tuesdays, but James' progress has been fantastic and it was great to see him given the ovation by the supporters when he came on.”