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14:00 27th April 2017
Centre half praises battling spirit...
DEFENDER Harry Souttar says he always felt the Potters would eventually score in Wednesday’s Staffordshire Senior Cup Final, despite trailing for 90 minutes at Vale Park.
Matthew Gardner put Chasetown ahead with the Scholars’ only meaningful effort of the night within 120 seconds of kick-off in Burslem after latching onto a ball through the heart of the City defence.
The Potters didn’t allow the early goal to affect them however and created a number of chances to draw themselves level in both the first and second half but were just unable to take any of them.
However, two minutes into injury time Souttar dramatically powered home Danny Jarvis’ left-wing corner to send the tie to a penalty shootout.
City eventually came out 4-3 victors after spot kicks to claim their 14th title and Souttar revealed afterwards that the side knew if they kept plugging away that an equaliser would arrive.
“First half we didn’t start particularly well and allowed them to go in front early on, but we slowly started to come back it, although nothing was really falling for us,” he expressed.
“In the second half we totally dominated the game and although it was looking as if it was going to be one of those days when the goal wasn’t going to come, we knew that if we kept plugging away, the goal would arrive and eventually it did.
“We’d said at half time we just needed to keep playing our stuff, rather than becoming desperate. We remained calm, kept passing and moving the ball, and then the goal came.
“I’ve not scored a header this season and Glyn (Hodges) is always on at me because I don’t score enough considering my height so it was nice to finally get one, especially in a cup final.”
He added: “At the start of the season the competition was one we set out to win so to finally get our hands on the trophy is great.
“We’ve had a tough run to the final, including a tie at last year’s winner Rushall Olympic which was difficult, although we’ve also had some convincing wins along the way.
“It’s certainly different to what we are used to playing in the U23s league when everyone wants to move it around on nice pitches. We’ve faced some big and physical teams in this competition and matched them so we should be proud of ourselves.”