Stockport County 3-2 Yeovil Town – The Morning After

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You had a feeling that after losing to Chesterfield in the fourth qualifying round, but then replaying the tie, that County would go on to have a bit of a run in this year’s FA Cup. Rochdale were disposed of in round one, and now County are through to the third round for the first time since 2006-07 after Sunday’s victory over fellow National League side Yeovil Town after extra time. Taking a look back at the game for The Viaduct are County fan Ric Pennington and Yeovil fan Ian Perkins.

Photo courtesy of Mike Petch.

Yesterday’s match in one word:
Ric (County) – Relief.
Ian (Yeovil) – Disappointing.

Pre-match thoughts:
Ric (County) – Confident, but a bit apprehensive. Wasn’t sure how two weeks of no games and very little training would affect the lads. 
Ian (Yeovil) – I was hoping our reasonable form in the FA Cup would continue and we’d get through to the third round.

Post-match thoughts:
Ric (County) – Bring on the big boys in the third round. A home tie against a Premier League team with some of us in attendance would be great! 
Ian (Yeovil) – It feels like a missed opportunity given the missed penalty in the last 10 minutes.

Verdict on County:
Ric (County) – Not defensively great but was expected after that two week break. Thought we looked better attacking after Minihan came on at half-time; we had more width. Reid did a good job but obviously Bennett holds it up better. Was also good to see Connor Jennings get his first goal. 
Ian (Yeovil) – I thought they would be more of a footballing side than they were but I think we managed to break up play reasonably well.

Verdict on Yeovil:
Ric (County) – As expected. Thought they would try and play it long when we had most of the possession. Was nice to see Matty Warburton, you just knew he would score. 
Ian (Yeovil) – I thought we were okay. The manager is having to try a different style than we’re used to, in order to get a result, and it’s not pretty on the eye!

Best County player:
Ric (County) – Ash Palmer, imperious as always.
Ian (Yeovil) – I thought Rooney and Reid looked good. Rooney is always after the ball and Reid is a workhorse!

Best Yeovil player:
Ric (County) – Matty Warburton.
Ian (Yeovil) – I thought Josh Staunton playing 120 minutes on his first game back after being out for a few weeks stood out.

Atmosphere:
Ric (County) – At home with the fire on to keep warm. I’d much rather be freezing watching it at Edgeley Park though! 
Ian (Yeovil) – I watched the game surrounded by the chaos of a toddler getting every toy he owns out, a teenager playing on her laptop and my wife asking
for advice while she was cooking a Sunday roast. If ever there was a need to let fans in soon, that’s the evidence!

Hopes for the rest of the season:
Ric (County) – Think it’s difficult to judge from one game. Hopefully we can pick up a few wins in the league and climb back up the table. Still hopeful of promotion. 
Ian (Yeovil) – Based on Sunday, we need to try and hold on to leads when we have them, so hopefully we’ll continue to get in front and start staying in front. Hopes for the season are a mid-table finish in our current position.

And here’s a few other bits and bobs…..

Next up: County now have four games in hand on some of the teams currently occupying play-off spots, and the quest to get back up the table starts at Bromley on Saturday. Yeovil will look to climb off the bottom of the table when they host Eastleigh on Tuesday night.

Trivia: Yeovil will be sick of seeing County’s name come up in the FA Cup draw. That’s twice they’ve been knocked out by the Hatters in three seasons, and three times in the last 13 years.

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