Hughes: 'My Players were fantastic'


Jonny Drury

ROBINS boss Chris Hughes expressed how proud he was of his players despite their spirited performance not being enough to knock to impressive TNS off their perch.

Matty Williams grabbed two second half goals to end the Robins cup dream, but the manager was not down after the final whistle.

He said: "There are so many positives to take from today's game, the occasion was superb, the attendance was brilliant and my players were fantastic.

"We just needed that little bit of luck on set plays, because we looked dangerous.

"An early goal would have been great because we could have made it difficult for them.

"And I was disappointed with the manner were conceded the first goal, and the second we were chasing the game and got caught at the back."

Hughes also believes his side have come a long way since their play-off semi-final defeat to Bangor City last season.

He said: "We grab that goal from Jason's chance and it is a different game, but it is fine margins.

"Things have gone our way this season, but today they went against us.

"But we have enjoyed the week, and we want to sample more of this success.

"We said last season can we go one step further after the play off defeat and we have done, and lost to a very good TNS side."

The Newtown boss, who lifted the famous trophy with Prestatyn Town three years ago thought Shane Sutton's late red card was a harsh ending to the game.

He said: "I have not had a chance to look back at it, but to me it seems harsh.

"Shane has been great for us all season as have all the lads and they can hold their heads up high."

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