On progressing to the Fourth Round on penalties...
"We seemed to make it difficult for ourselves but I think we deserved to win the game. We didn't play badly and we were a little bit disappointed they got three goals but their keeper was fantastic. They made it very difficult for us and they didn't have a lot of chances but still scored three goals so that's something to look at but the lads showed fantastic character and on a really, really difficult night and hopefully that will stand them in good stead."

On his side's performance...
"We had most of the ball, most of the chances and their keeper played really well. They had some good performances I have to say, the two centre-backs I thought were very good and the lad up front as well, so it was a difficult game."

On his team's character in the game...
"They just kept coming back and had a bit of belief and a bit of patience and kept moving it. We always talk about results and it is great to win but I was delighted with the performance and that's the main thing."

On the FA Youth Cup...
"They now realise what playing in the FA Youth Cup is all about. There's a bit more pressure and they all get a little bit nervy but I thought that they handled it magnificently. The nice thing about it is we've got something to look forward to over Christmas because it's a big competition for the lads and the further on you go the more it gets like a first-team fixture."

On his team...
"We've got a good team that's getting better I think. We kicked off the season OK and then we had a little bit of a dodgy spell but we've grown week by week. The problem we'll have I think is picking our best team when everybody is fit. I thought the lads who came on were excellent and that will make it difficult to pick the best team and the shape we'll play with."

On playing Ipswich Town in the next round...
"That will be really tough. They beat us earlier on in the season and in pre-season this year. We've struggled against them so that will be a really tough game."

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