United midfielder Gary McSheffrey praised his Iron team-mates after avoiding an upset in the FA Cup at Forest Green Rovers.McSheffrey bagged a fortuitous double as Mark Robins’ men were 2-0 winners at The New Lawn and the wideman admitted it was a case of job done.
“Sunday was all about going there and getting a win,” he told The Iron Player.
“It is nice to get a clean sheet too and to be into the next round. That was the main objective and we have done it.
“You’re in a no-win situation in games like that - win and keep a clean sheet and it’s expected - everyone wants to see a slip-up and Forest Green are a decent team.
“We did the job and left there with the expected outcome from a professional point of view.
“We were a bit sloppy in the first ten minutes, we weren’t anywhere near the standard we have played over the last few games. We dug deep and got that clean sheet and that’s the main thing.
“If you keep a clean sheet and get goals, however they come, you win games.”
Both of McSheffrey’s goals came on the back of deflections, but the midfielder was awarded the double and he was happy to get on the score sheet, to bring his tally for the season up to five.
“I will claim the goals,” he said.
“I’ll take whatever comes my way at the minute.
“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score. If you get space to get the shot off it’s worth a try and I’m just glad they went in.
“I think they were on target anyway, I don’t know if the ‘keeper would have saved them without the deflection but however they go in, we won 2-0 and that’s the main thing.”
The final result could well have been 3-0 after a well-worked corner, taken by McSheffrey, found substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams on the edge of the box, who connected with it wonderfully and his volley rattled the crossbar.
“Jennison’s strike would have been a great goal,” McSheffrey added.
“I’m gutted for him that it didn’t go in.
“It’s a little set-piece that we have worked on in training and he’s hit it unbelievably.
“I was hoping it would hit the bar and go in, but it came out and I’m disappointed for him.
“He came on and played well though so he can take confidence from that performance. It wasn’t to be.”
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