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FA Cup hurt can motivate Gloucester City's league mission

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Gloucester City v Leyton Orient (34)

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PROUD despite FA Cup defeat to Leyton Orient, Gloucester City boss has called on his team to use their performance as a springboard to kick-start their League campaign.

The Tigers went down to an agonising 2-0 defeat to the League One professionals on Wednesday night, but not before giving Russell Slade's men the fright of their lives.

A lightning-fast start could well have yielded a deserved goal and City were more than a match for their lofty opponents until Dave Mooney's 87th minute opening goal.

Dean Cox made the game safe for the O's a minute later, but that didn't sway Mehew's pride in the way his battlers performed in their first game in the first round for 23years.

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"We are proud of the way we performed and of the nice comments we've had since the game," Mehew said.

"There were a number of other managers at the game who have been on the phone and congratulated us for the way we have performed and the way we rattled them early on.

"To put the game into perspective and to show what we are up against, I would imagine that their top three or four players are paid more than my entire budget.

"And that's not just the playing budget, that's the manager, coach, physio, kit man: the lot.

"We dug in superbly and I couldn't see them scoring, but we made a small mistake and they had that little bit of extra quality to punish us and put the ball in the net.

"And that was it, it was game over really. The second goal was pretty irrelevant after that."

City return to action with the visit of Chester FC to Whaddon Road on Sunday (3pm) with Mehew demanding another fast start from his charges against the Blue Square Bet North high-fliers.

Impressed with the way his side tore into Orient from the kick-off on Wednesday, the City boss believes his side showed they have the quality to upset the best in the division.

"I said to the lads beforehand that we would have a spell, that we would get a chance and to be fair to them, they started like a house on fire," he said.

"But we couldn't keep it up and couldn't keep the ball for long enough in the second half because of the sharpness they had. That performance showed us that we can match a really solid League One club and we need to take that into our league performances now.

"We did ourselves proud against Orient and we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves as the second goal flattered them a little bit.

"We conducted ourselves in the right manner on and off the pitch and played the game in the right manner too.

"We have to take those things into the Chester game and look to kick-start our league form."

■ Fans who went to Wednesday night's FA Cup clash will get £2 off admission for Sunday's game against Chester FC.

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