Scott Fenwick says Hartlepool United can go to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday with confidence renewed by their cup efforts.
After being outplayed in the opening quarter of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Sheffield United on Tuesday night, Pools grew into the tie and ended up drawing 1-1.
The rules of the competition dictate a penaly shoot-out if the scores are tied at 90 minutes and Fenwick, unfortunately, could not convert his spot-kick as the Blades squeezed through 4-3.
But with a trip to League Two form side Wycombe next up, the striker says they can go to Adams Park and compete with Gareth Ainsworth’s team.
“Every game in this league is hard, to be honest,” said Fenwick.
“It was nice that we showed on Tuesday we can mix it with the better teams above.
“Now it’s back to the bread and butter of League Two.
“We went to Wycombe last season and played really well and ended up coming away with nothing.
“Hopefully we can go there on Saturday with a bit more confidence and put in a performance.”
But the standard of the performance against the Blades, and the quality of the goal, set up by Rakish Bingham and finished by Fenwick, has lifted Pools.
“Penalties are obviously a lottery, but, over the 90 minutes, we’ve matched a top League One club,” said Fenwick. “Sheffield United are probably the favourites to win their league.
“They are a very good footballing side, but we’ve worked hard after a bad start and more than matched them.
“We’ve proved we can compete.
“It’s a long old season and we’ve got to keep fighting and looking to grind out results.
“Raks has broken through and played a brilliant ball and I was able to stick it away.
“I think when you get it in the box you have to hit it early – you never know who’s behind you or how much time you have.
“It was a nice contact and I managed to put it down the side of the keeper.”