Tracey praises AFC’s FA Cup performance

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AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey said he was proud of his players in the wake of their narrow FA Cup defeat at Eastbourne Borough.

The Yellows’ boss, who was installed as a permanent replacement to Nicky Smith two days before the match, felt they had done more than enough to earn a replay at The MEL Group Stadium.

“Obviously we played against a team two leagues above us on their own patch and they were panicking,” he said. “Their supporters were on their back and they had to use all three subs and I am absolutely delighted with the performance, it is just the result. Sometimes in football you don’t get your just rewards and I think we certainly deserved a draw.”

Tracey, whose side have bagged £9,750 prize money - excluding gate receipts - for their cup run after wins over St Ives Town, Leiston and Merstham, said he could not have asked any more from his players.

“They had to use their squad to their full advantage,” he said of Blue Square Bet Conference South outfit Eastbourne. “I just asked for the lads to try and play a bit of football, which I think we certainly did, and give it everything they had got while wearing the yellow shirt and everyone did that.”