Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players coped well with the distraction of pulling Manchester United out of the hat in the FA Cup, when they beat Forest Green Rovers 2-0 in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night. The Glovers went from thinking about what could be their highest profile fixture of the 2017-18 season into one of their lowest profile fixtures, with a Third Round tie in the cup competition mainly set aside for just League One and League Two clubs.
Way admitted that he could see such a game maybe slipping over the radar of his players in the lead-up to the fixture, with so much focus having been on the other competition. But he said after the game that he was pleased they passed the test on that front:
"I'm really pleased as it took a lot out of me emotionally. It's been a tough 24 hours, so I was always a little bit concerned about the players going into this game considering the consequences. It's a trip to Wembley at the end of it, and I didn't want them to miss that opportunity. But at the same time, they've probably all been on their phones, and they've all been speaking to parents and friends. It's quite obvious and it's human nature that everyone has talked about Man United."
Of the match itself, Way felt the January weather conditions affected the quality of the second half, saying that made it hard for his players to build up a head of steam. However, he thought the goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith that sealed the tie were taken well on the night:
"The players took their goals really well. I just watched Connor Smith and it was a touch of class and a great finish. It was a good ball from Santos. I made a number of changes, and I thought the changes that we made had an impact. I think it's difficult as a sub going into that game. As much as I wanted to be disappointed with that second half, I have to be pleased, just because it was a clean sheet. We know what it's like. I've been out there and I've played in those conditions when it's the wind and rain and it's hard to get out of your 18 yard box, and the goalkeeper can't get as much distance on his clearances, and they pinned us in a little bit. But the players were really stubborn and very resilient, and it was another clean sheet."
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