18th Nov, 2017

Sphinx boss philosophical after FA Cup defeat

Coventry Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DISAPPOINTED but time to focus on the other competitions – the thoughts of Sphinx boss Luke Hopkins after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup in extra-time at Bedworth United.

After an heroic 0-0 performance at Sphinx Drive on Saturday, the two sides met again at The oval on Tuesday night but it was the host who ran out 3-1 winners.

Dany Dubidat handed Bedworth a first half lead but Christopher Gumery equalised for the visitors to force the match into extra-time.

Daniel Creaney put the hosts back in front again and Chris Tullin sent Bedworth through with a late goal.

“We conceded a poor goal in the first half and it was a poor performance to be honest.” said Hopkins.

“The performance in the second half was where we had left off Saturday.

“We played the game at our pace and tempo and we made chances. That style of play will always allow teams one of two chances but that comes with the level of football.

“If every player made the pass, won the tackle, made the right choice, had the pace, they wouldn’t play for Sphinx or even Bedworth so you have to allow for mistakes and fitness levels as all of our lads have had work or even returned back to school.

“All in all I’m a little gutted to be out the FA cup because it was so good for us last year, but on the other hand we were never going to win it

“It’s onto the FA Vase which I think every team in our league wants to have a go at.

“Credit to the lads although 3-1 down with ten to play the lads still put in a shift and that shows heart and I can’t ask any more – they showed they are committed to the cause and the club.”

Sphinx are next in action this Saturday when they face Gornal Atheltic in the Midland Football League Premier Division.

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