FA CUP: Rudge disappointed as Chippenham crash out in injury time
6:00am Monday 22nd October 2012 in Latest News
CHIPPENHAM boss Nathan Rudge admits his side were given one of football’s harshest lessons as they suffered late heartbreak in the FA Cup. The Bluebirds’ dreams of reaching the first round proper for the third time in the club's history were shattered as they conceded an injury-time goal at Gloucester City to lose 1-0. Darren Edwards’ winner put the Tigers through and Rudge was left to reflect on a devastating afternoon for his team. “It’s disappointing,” he said.
“It’s cruel, very cruel - but I said to the boys that that’s the realities of football. “I didn’t expect to hit the crossbar and post in the first 10 minutes and on another day, they would have gone in. But it wasn’t meant to be on the day. “I’m proud of my lads but unfortunately, when you look at it after the game, it’s 1-0 and you’re not in the draw for the cup. “It won’t hit home until half one tomorrow when they’re drawn out of the hat and we’re not – that’s the harsh reality.” Rudge also thought that the second-half dismissal of striker Dean Griffiths was a turning point. He added: “I thought that with 11 men, we were more than comfortable. They were getting frustrated and we were looking like the side that could nick it. “I thought the lads were great but the sending off killed us if I’m going to be honest. “The biggest problem is that we’re taking young lads and giving them opportunities and in big games, you need your big players. “You can’t do that in a game like this - you’re asking for trouble.”