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Put superb FA Cup show on repeat, says Corney

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 06 December 2012

SIMON Corney has challenged Athletic to maintain their high levels from now until the end of the season.

The stylish and comprehensive FA Cup win over a Doncaster team high in confidence proved to the chairman that Paul Dickov’s team can flourish against its npower League One opponents.

The task now is to keep up a level of consistency, to climb higher than their current 16th place.

“I know we are capable of playing like that — and that is what my rants over the past few months have been about,” said Corney, who hasn’t been shy in attacking the team’s under-performance in the Chronicl.

“Part of me says we should have 12 points more and be sitting near the play-offs. The manager and the players feel the same. The players showed their quality and now have to back it up, week-in, week-out.

“We showed we can absolutely destroy teams. We took Doncaster apart.”

Athletic’s knockout win earned a tie at the home of Championship club Nottingham Forest early next year. And the chairman took the opportunity to highlight the performances of a few select performers who helped the club gain £27,000 in prize money and a date at the City Ground potentially worth an awful lot more than that in gate receipts alone.

“Doncaster’s goal came from a Reece Wabara slip, who made up for it with a good header to equalise,” Corney added.

“Connor Brown continues to look a great prospect. He is making great progress. And when Dean Furman gets forward, we look a completely different team. James Wesolowski also helps him out by holding the middle.

“We showed what we are capable of. Against a team with a far bigger budget than us, we were by far the better side and we need to replicate that performance more often.”


Mr Corney, most fans appreciate your ongoing suooirt for our club and personally I had no complaints about you having a go.

My concern is this team is capable of getting us into the play offs this years and giving Forest a match, however unless we actually get our own players or secure the services of these temporary players we've no chance of achieving anything yet again.

It does nothing to encourage fans back when the club appear to tell lies (Cisak) and show no ambition.

I would not go as far to say we took Doncaster apart, but we did play a lot better than of late, it also showed that with a little confidence and playing the ball along the ground, we are a match for anyone in this league, but only as long as we have Baxter and Derbyshire on board. I predict and so would many others that if we do not retain them the wheels will come off the wagon very quickly indeed!.

When the team loses, we get: "The aim is only to stay up." When they win, we get: "We are good enough to get in the play-offs". So what exactly is the aim? Does anybody at the club know?


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