Antony Sweeney on the FA Cup first round victory over PlymouthGoalscorer Antony Sweeney spoke to us on Monday morning about the FA Cup first round victory at Plymouth.
"It was a good win," he told us. "They're obviously flying high in our league and I'm sure that performance will give them food for thought and tell them that we're going to come for them in the league as well.
"It was good to get through in the manner we did. Plymouth is always a difficult place to go and they're riding high in the league, so they're full of confidence.
"It was one of our most professional performances of the season," he said. "We got the goals, defended well and we never looked like we were in trouble. We also carried a good threat going forward."
"We've set our standards high now," he admitted. "If we can perform like that against Plymouth there's no reason why we can't do it in every other game we play this season. Teams will always have blips and off performances every now and again, but as a marker that should be our standard now."
On his acrobatic goal, he explained: "I think it was Alex [Gilliead] who knocked it down and it came at an awkward position. I didn't really have time to think about it and I had my back to goal. It's one of those things where you just throw your foot at it and hope for the best really. As I landed on the floor I saw it hit the back of the net, which was pleasing.
"When you go forward for set plays like that you're not always going to get the first ball, so you've got to get yourself in a position where you think it might drop. It's happened a couple of times this season and I'm sure it should have happened a few more times as well. If I keep putting myself in those positions every now and again the ball is bound to drop in the right place.
"We scored at a good time and it put us on the front foot. For five or ten minutes after the goal we had a few more chances where we really could have put the game to bed. We obviously got the second goal but I think it could have been a lot wider margin after the first half.
"I think the second goal was probably the crucial one. At 1-0 they're still massively in the game, but getting that goal just before half time totally changes the dynamics. They had a real mountain to climb after that and we knew if we could see the first 15 minutes of the second half out the game would be ours. That's how it turned out."
"You've got to buy into the competition for places it brings because you know if you don't perform then the chances are you won't be playing in the next game. People say competition is healthy and it's certainly proving that way at the moment."
"We trained in Bristol on the way to Plymouth so we know how long it's going to take us," he joked. "At least it's a couple of hours closer than last weekend but, that said, it's another game to look forward to.