Lichfield City progressed to the quarter-finals of the Staffordshire FA Senior Cup with a 3-0 victory over local side Chasetown FC on Wednesday evening.
Goals either side of half-time for top-scorer Jack Edwards gave the hosts breathing space before a close-range header from Max Black secured the victory.
Reflecting on the win and progression in another cup competition, manager Ivor Green said: “Obviously I’m chuffed to bits. It’s great for the lads, it keeps the momentum going. A bit of a blip last Tuesday, the attitude was there, the performance was there, the work rate was there so it was just one of those nights.
“It was nice to get back to winning ways quickly. It was a good performance tonight and we enjoyed it.”
When asked about whether last week’s first league defeat of the season against AFC Wulfrunians was mentioned prior to the match, Green exclaimed: “No not at all. If you’re poor in a game then naturally you’re going to discuss it and you’re going to look at it, but I don’t think that was the case.
“We had a little bit of bad luck early on in the game and over 90 minutes we deserved something from the game. So, I think it’s important not to dwell on it too much and concentrate on then next game.
“It was all about the game against Chasetown. We knew it was a local derby and that they were going to bring a few players in who needed a bit of gametime, so we knew it wasn’t going to be the strongest Chasetown but they were still going to be a Step 4 side at the end of the day so we knew it was going to be a big game for us.”
The Lichfield manager also added: “It was the ideal game for us on the back of a defeat, I think. The preparation was great, the lads were up for it and buzzing and there was going to be a good crowd so it was a good night.”
Some may have expected rotation for the starting lineup, however just the one change was made from the game against AFC Wulfrunians after an eight day break following Saturday’s game against Whitchurch Alport being postponed.
“It was important to play with the experience tonight to start the game”, Green explained. “I think that anyone who saw the game saw that we played our most experienced side, knowing what we were going to be up against. I think that was important.
“We did jiggle with the shape a bit and the players had a bit more freedom tonight. It was a cup game so they were licenced to be a bit braver than they normally would and I think that paid off. The players really enjoyed the game and it was important. I think in cup competitions you’ve got to enjoy it as much as you can. But we’re in that relentless period now where the squad is massively important.
“We’ve got another midweek game next week so I’m chuffed to bits with the lads that aren’t getting quite as much game time. They’re as important as anybody to keep this going and we’ve got some really good lads sitting on the bench so over the next two or three weeks they’ll be getting plenty of game time for sure.”