Newark Town's Floodlit Cup penalty pain at Retford United was washed away in an eight-goal win against Sutton Rovers, says Town's joint-boss Luke Parsons
Newark Town’s joint-manager said the 8-2 league win over Sutton Rovers was the perfect way to bounce back from the midweek Floodlit Cup defeat at Retford United.
Player-manager Luke Parsons chose to take the positives from the 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat at Retford, putting all of his energy into achieving promotion to step six football.
“We went into the game thinking we would win,” said Parsons. “We want to win every game we play in.
“But it is fair to say we were more focused on the league and getting promoted, because that was our ultimate aim.
“We didn’t deserve to go in level at half-time. They caused us all sorts of problems, so much so that we had to change shape
“We changed to a 442 and we had the better chances after that.
“If the game went on another 15 minutes we would have won. It was certainly a game of two halves.”
He said the squad showed a real togetherness after the defeat, consoling those who missed from the spot.
“We are a team. We win together and lose together,” said Parsons.
“The lads who missed the penalty, George Asplin and Tyler Martin, were supported by the others afterwards.
“We told them not to worry about it because someone had to miss on the day.”
The team bounced back on Saturday by scoring seven in the first half against Sutton, which saw Town retain its five-point gap over second-placed Dinnington.
Parsons said Sutton’s recent results suggested they would be a tough side to break down, having come close against Retford and Harworth earlier in the season.
“We said if we can go up that one gear, get the early goal and make them come out and get that equaliser, we could roll them over,” said Parsons.
“They did exactly what we asked them to do and more. We couldn’t praise the lads more for coming in at 7-0.
“We tried to keep them motivated for after half-time, but it is always hard.
“We lost the second half 2-1, but you can’t take anything away from them.
“It was the perfect way to bounce back and we definitely got a reaction.”