Fairclough proud of Swindon victory

Last updated : 25 January 2008 By Jaybee

Manager, Paul Fairclough expressed his delight over the FA Cup win against Swindon Town in the Barnet Times this week, "I know we won on penalties, but I believe we thoroughly deserved the win. It was a warrior-like performance." He then added, "That's twice I've beaten Swindon in the FA Cup."

Commenting on the fact that Michael Leary was sent off in the second half, Fairclough said, "What was remarkable was the fact we were down to ten men. But we kept our discipline. It was a fantastic performance and I'm very proud of the players." About Jason Puncheon, the Bees' manager had this to say, "Jason is a wizard on the ball. If he can turn out performances like that, there are no boundaries for him."

Understandably, Fairclough was a little disappointed that Barnet were not playing Fulham tomorrow in the 4th round, "I would have loved to have played a Premier League team, but Saturday is another big challenge and we will do our best. Maybe we will get the big one after that", adding that "There is a tinge of disappointment that it's not Fulham and I would be telling a lie to say I wasn't a bit disappointed, but it doesn't matter who we play. We are going to have great fun."

It was clear that Paul Fairclough had a great love for the competition, "I'm passionate about it. It appals me how some teams treat this lady of a tournament. They should hang their heads in shame. It is a chance for footballers and fans at this level to have some real fun. The FA Cup is the greatest competition in the world."