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Steven Cunningham: “We thoroughly deserved the win tonight”

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Tom Beresford
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Steven Cunningham’s Colne side booked their place in the third qualifying round in the Emirates FA Cup following a rampant 4-0 victory over Ossett United on Tuesday evening. [Photography: Matthew Riley]

Steven Cunningham’s Colne FC side secured their place in the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup following a ‘rampant’ 4-0 win over Ossett United as the Red army made the cross-pennine trip.

Prior to the game, Cunningham was keen to put Saturday’s performance to bed, and the Colne manager was looking for a positive reaction from his team as he spoke to Live Sports FM.

The visitors raced into an early lead as Tony Donaldson and Aidan Chippendale struck twice in quick succession to send Colne 2-0 ahead after 25 minutes. In terms of possession and chances created the first-half was fairly evenly contested, but the visitors weren’t in a ‘wasteful’ mood.

Sefton Gonzales added a third on 70 minutes, and just seven minutes later, Connor Hughes piled the misery on Ossett United with a neat finish after some great build-up play from the away side.

In terms of the performance, it was a clinical display from Steven Cunningham’s side, and the Colne FC manager was certainly satisfied with his teams performance, without being under any sort of pressure in terms of securing a victory. For the reds, it’s their second 4-0 victory over Ossett in September.

Speaking to Live Sports FM after the win, Cunningham praised his team’s performance: “I thought it was a perfect performance tonight”, added Cunningham. “I felt that we deserved the win, and it could’ve been by a bigger margin.

“We knew that we weren’t good enough on Saturday. We also know that when we played them a few weeks back, we won 4-0 there as well. We knew that we just had to be patient, they tired, and we knew that we had the legs and the energy. We thoroughly deserved the win tonight, we had some great chances to really put them to bed.

“If you look at the first few games of the season where we conceded three and three, we all had some real stern words, and people were going to be ‘sacked off’ whether they’re on contracts, or not. Since then, we’ve only conceded one goal in seven games.

“Ossett never threatened us at home, I think they had two shots in the entire game, and then tonight, they didn’t really threaten us or Hakan (Burton). I can’t thank the fans enough, I thought they were superb tonight. The weather conditions in Colne have been horrific, and I think that if the match was up in Colne, then it would’ve been off.

“I’m a passionate manager, I live every ball, I kick every ball”, added Cunningham. “They’re all young lads, they’re inexperienced, they’re not really ‘horrible’ like I am. If I’m quiet, and stood there, then there’s no energy in our team. I’m not trying to take credit for that, but that’s my style.”

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