Steve Lovell pleased for his team as Darren Oldaker's strike proves enough to overcome a strong Slough side.
Steve Lovell praised his side for their battling qualities after prevailing 1-0 against Slough Town at Arbour Park on Sunday.
Darren Oldaker’s stunning second-half effort was enough to separate the sides with the hosts having enjoyed the better of the first-half play.
Following the game Lovell said: “It was excellent, the boys dug in and all credit to Slough – they gave us one of the hardest games we've had this season with the way they came at us, put us under pressure and stopped us playing.
“I’m just so pleased for the boys because they defended very well, which we had to, and it was a great goal that won it. We had a couple of opportunities where perhaps we could have added to it, but we came here to win the game and how we won it, it doesn’t really matter.
“We’ve got the result and that’s all that matters.”
“They put crosses in the box but I don’t think Tomas Holy had many saves to make. Max, Gabz, Barry, Luke and Connor defended well and the boys in front of them worked hard aswell and that’s what it’s all about - you have to dig in, get clean sheets and if you nick a goal at the other end you win games and that happened today.
“If someone said to me this morning you are going to win 1-0 I would have taken it. We are through to the third round.
“Give them credit [Slough] for the effort they put in, they started the game very strongly and I thought we were poor in the first-half; we never retained the ball.
“I felt they were quicker to the ball than we were, we looked as if we would score when we wanted to. Slough were excellent today and they were unlucky not to get a replay.”
“He was one of the ones I had a go at at half-time; I didn’t think he was stamping his authority on the game…and then he pops up with that so he obviously listens. We all know he’s capable of that and it’s a really good goal to win the game.”
“I don’t care [who Gills get]; I will just enjoy this one. You’re on a hiding to nothing when you come to non-league grounds and I’ve been in a position before when we’ve lost at non-league grounds. The onus is on us to win and winning for them would be a massive shock.”
“Results give confidence and we have our squad back fully fit which helps. Today is a different kind of game; today was an FA Cup tie where anything could happen. The boys have put in a great shift.
“It’s six wins out of ten, we are starting to win so we will take this as another one and hopefully get a result at Scunthorpe and keep it going and if we can we’ll have a chance of winning the third round against whoever it is.”