Walton hails RobinsBy Adam Lee
November 13, 2008
Byron Walton paid tribute to his team after their terrific 1-0 defeat of MK Dons in the Berks & Bucks Cup.
The Robins held on to their slender lead for 84 minutes against Dons and their manager was full of praise for the way they saw out the game.
“They all did well and were disciplined,” said the Bracknell boss.
“Obviously they [MK Dons] were technically very good, but our pitch didn’t suit them.
“It was very heavy conditions out there.
“I was surprised [the game went ahead]. They’ve been here all day working on it to try and get it on and it actually played quite well.”
Walton was impressed by goalkeeper Max Aneke, who pulled off a string of top-drawer saves to deny MK Dons an equaliser.
However, he was also quick to point out that, although Dons had the more chances over the course of the game, his side could also have scored more.
“I thought everyone worked very hard and they all did well,” said Walton.
“Max pulled off a few really good saves, but they’re all playing well at the minute, they’re keeping their discipline and not making many mistakes which is important.
“We’re going to create chances in games and we had a few more chances than the goal – Ben (Edwards) hit the post and there were a few others.”
Although Walton has promised to field his best possible team for the next round when Bracknell host Maidenhead in late January, he insists the priority is in the league.
“It’s a nice game to play and that puts us in the quarter-final,” he said.
“I don’t know what team Maidenhead will put out, but I hope they don’t put out a first team and I hope we get through to the semi-final.
“It’s always nice if you get to the end of a season and play in a cup final so we’ll be trying our upmost to do well in it.
“We’ve been playing well and it’s been going a lot better than last year and I think the squad’s a lot better.
“It’s points that matter and Saturday we’ve got a big game coming up against Slough.
“If we beat them we go above them, if they beat us they build up a bit of a gap. It’s very close between 10 or 12 teams near the bottom at the moment.
“If we get a couple of wins we’ll probably go up to eighth or ninth in the league so its important to start that on Saturday.”