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Roberts: “I Love the FA Cup"

11 November 2014

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Gary Roberts returned from injury in style in Chesterfield's 6-0 FA Cup first round victory, putting in a great performance against Braintree Town and notching a cracking goal in the process.

With the score 3-0 early in the second half a Tendayi Darikwa surge down the right saw the ball fall for Roberts, who needed no second invitation to pile an unstoppable volley into the Braintree net. 

Roberts said: “I haven’t played for a while so it’s good to be back in the team and to get a goal was nice and a good return to action.

“I’ve had a mini pre-season with Rodger Wylde who’s put me through my paces over the last couple of weeks so it’s good to be back on and it felt great, I felt sharp and I could have had a couple more goals but you can’t be too greedy, I’m just happy to be back and helping the team out.”

Roberts enjoyed his day at the non-league Cressing Road ground due to his own experience in non-league, and credited the victory to Paul Cook’s planning and the collective team effort to implement the manager’s tactics.

He said:  “I spoke to Jay O'Shea and I’ve had my best games on these pictures. Jay got a move to the Premiership from playing on pitches at grounds like this and I love it, I love coming to non-league grounds. 

"It’s a great experience to come down here. It’s a big game for them, it’s their FA Cup final and they want to be in the hat as much as anyone lower down in the pyramid.

“There’s no stone unturned with the gaffer, he’s very thorough. He’s been down to watch them and we knew we could get out wide and hurt them. 

Speaking before the FA Cup second round draw was made, the midfielder admitted that he wouldn’t mind travelling to another non-league opponent.

“We think every game suits us,” said Roberts. “We’re a good team. We’ve not had much luck lately and we haven’t played as well as we can but this will be a big boost for us, to score that many goals away from home and get a clean sheet as well - and we’ll take that into the Crewe game.

“I love the FA Cup, I’ve scored a lot of goals in the FA Cup and I look forward to the draw. I’d take another non-league team away. It’s great, it really means something to me and to come to grounds like this you get a real feel for it.”

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