Fakenham boss aims to build on Norwich display

Fakenham boss Wayne Anderson is urging the Ghosts to build on their battling Norfolk Senior Cup display against a powerful Norwich City outfit.

The Canaries eased into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at Clipbush Park in midweek but a City team featuring a host of first team players were pushed all the way by the Ridgeons Division One strugglers.

'In our changing room at the end it actually felt like we had won. The players were hugging each other and there were a lot of happy people,' said Anderson. 'The chairman came in and said we could be proud and we had not disgraced ourselves. I could not have asked any more. They gave me 100% and they gave our club 100%. I think I got up for work at 5am on Wednesday and my legs were still in bed at 6am.

'But I told the boys when they were warming down this can kickstart our season. For a Ridgeons club like us to put up a display like that showed how hard we had worked during these past two weeks to prepare with no games to play because of the weather. I don't think if we re-produce that we'll have any fears of being in the bottom three or four. Mid-table should be the aim and then we can push on again from that.'

Anderson also praised the Canaries for playing their part in a competitive cup tie on a difficult frost-covered surface with temperatures in the second half dropping close to freezing.

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'When you consider we were up against a team of professionals with at least seven first teamers and to hold them to 1-0 for 70 odd minutes - it was a great achievement,' he said. 'I looked down the team sheet and they had people like Oli (Johnson), (Anthony) McNamee, (Michael) Nelson and they added one or two others to the squad that we weren't expecting.

'I was down at the ground most of the day and two hours before the game the pitch was lovely but then the frost set in. Norwich, to be fair, wanted to play. They wanted to get some competitive game time. Conditions didn't help but it was a cup game and there was no quarter asked or given. They came off the worst with a few cuts but credit to them, they stood up to what we wanted to do and to make it a physical game, and they showed their professionalism and got the job done in the end. We wish them all the best in the competition and for the rest of the season.'

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