Following Nuneaton’s 3-1 defeat to Tamworth on Saturday, manager Jimmy Ginnelly says his team were ‘second best’ against the Lambs.
Goals from Ryan Beswick, Ahmed Obeng and Bilal Yafai meant Boro’s FA Cup journey is over at the first hurdle against a physical Tamworth side.
‘We were second best all the way through. We were bullied by a stronger, more disciplined and a more ‘will to win’ outfit. The FA Cup is a massive game of football and I think they had a really good go.
‘We are both in quite a bad place at the moment. Both teams have good players, are big clubs and have huge followings, but it looked like the FA Cup meant a lot more to them.’
The game against the Lambs had been built up since the draw a few weeks ago and over 1,000 spectators witnessed the clash, but Boro were without a fit goalkeeper.
‘We haven’t had a goalkeeper all week. We were hoping Matt Sargeant was fit, but on Thursday night he tells us he isn’t fit. Cam Belford is also not fit.
‘I tried to bring one in, but I got caught out. He was at the game, took part in the warm-up, but we missed the deadline on him. There have been things off the pitch that have resulted in me missing this deadline.’
Jimmy is confident he can bring a number of players into his squad to ensure the football club can begin their climb up the table.
‘Next week away at Biggleswade, I think you’ll see 2 or 3 different players in the team. We’ve got a strong management team here, we look after ourselves and we want to bring players in who will give at least 7/10 every week.’
Despite exiting the FA Cup, there were various good performances from his team and there are positives to take into next week’s game.
‘I think Powell had a good game. He’s a winger and their job is to put the ball into the box. He’s put 10 great crosses in and we just haven’t been on the end of them, apart from the goal.
‘Benbow is one of the best strikers in the league, but we haven’t given him anything to feed off. Eddie (Ryan Edmunds) is a great winger but was quiet so we took him off and changed to a 4-4-2 to try and play all our cards.
‘In the middle of the park, we got battered. We lost the ball, made bad decisions and we got out-muscled. The forward line was not quite at it either. The back four didn’t do that bad but they did concede three. Again, we haven’t had a fit goalkeeper and a fit keeper maybe saves them.’