Jack Ross was delighted that his player overcame a “tough few days” to beat Sheffield United 1-0 and earn themselves a trip to Oxford United in the next round of the League Cup, thanks to Max Power’s screamer.
“Tonight is all about the players and staff,” said Ross. “I don’t want to go too much into Saturday, and some of the things that were said in the aftermath of it, but it’s been a tough couple of days for the players and staff. They’ve got a lot of trust and belief in what we do though, they work really hard at it, and there’s a togetherness in there. They showed that again tonight. It wasn’t just the ones that were on the pitch, it was the ones in the squad too because they helped us prepare for the game. We came with a plan of how we wanted to play, and I think it’s a compliment to us that Chris (Wilder) changed his system during the game. They changed the way they play, and they don’t do that very often, so overall I think it was just a really positive night for us, and I’m pleased for the players and staff. It was a strong Sheffield United side, and they had strength in depth on the bench as well with the subs they were able to make,” said Ross. “I think the way they started the game reflected that as well. They started on the front foot.
“Lee (Burge) made a couple of terrific saves in the opening period, but I think you have to do that to see out the early stages. But thereafter, I thought our performance was really good. We’ve come away against a Premier League team, with established Premier League players, so I don’t think anything should be taken away from what we’ve done. I’d argue we’ve deserved a clean sheet before this because defensively we’ve actually done okay,” said Ross. “It’s just the fine margins. It’s very obvious to say it was very important in a tight game like this because if you score one, you win the game. I don’t think we’ve ever had a problem scoring goals, so if we can take the confidence from the way we’ve defended tonight, that will be great. The clean sheet was a well-deserved reward.”
Ross also gave an injury update on Elliot Embleton. “He's (Embleton) a bit upset because it’s his hamstring again,” said Ross. “First impressions are that it's not as bad, but it's not a straight-forward one. I've been really impressed with him this season. People may argue about the game time he's had, but he's still had a good chunk and been around the squad. This was a chance to show how good he is, and he did that. I'm really disappointed for him, but we'll look after him and when he's fit and ready, he'll come back into the squad.”