‘Players have Sutton United on the world map’
Manager Paul Doswell from the small Sutton United was proud of his team after the 0-2 defeat Monday night against Arsenal in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, but the trainer was fed up of the people after the end of the duel onto the field and ran.
“Our league can be proud of us”, referred to by Doswell at the Telegraph in the semi-professional National League, the fifth level of England.
“Arsenal is 105 places above us in the voetbalpiramide. It is a different world, I can’t say anything else. My boys have Tuesday, just back to work, while the players of Arsenal stars. You can’t look at them in the neighbourhood.”
“My players can be very proud of himself. The problem of sport is that you are disappointed when you lose, but my players have this club on the world map.”
Sutton United made Arsenal hard at it on their own Gander Green Lane, but goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott put the Premier League club for the quarter-finals. Therein waits a team from the National League, namely Lincoln City.
Sutton United-Arsenal in the picture
Arsenal has at the expense of the small Sutton United qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The atmosphere at sportpark Gander Green Lane was certainly not.
The small stadionnetje was crammed.
The victory came for Arsenal will never be in danger.
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In Sutton, a district in the south of London, was for weeks looking forward to the encounter with Arsenal. The small stadionnetje of Sutton United stood out with 5013 spectators.
A small part of those supporters ran after the competition on the field. There were some small fights where the police had to intervene and there was a bottle thrown in the direction of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.
“That was not a Sutton fan, that was a fan,” said Doswell about the incident with the bottle. “The end didn’t disappoint. People like that are not a supporter of Sutton. You know that and I know that. The are absolute idiots.”
“Unfortunately, this is the world we live in now. I saw a couple of idiots screaming at Wenger and the players of Arsenal. During the race ran there is already someone on the field. I understand there is nothing of, and want to also do not understand.”
Wenger confirmed that there was a bottle thrown, after the contest. “I don’t know if it’s towards me or the referee or someone else was, but there was a bottle thrown.”
The Frenchman, however, was especially full of praise for the performance of Sutton United. “They are seventeenth in the fifth division, but I was surprised by the speed of the game. Their team was amazingly good.”
“They just kept going, all the way to the end. Twenty years ago, there were this kind of teams not fit enough for the pace of the Premier League. We had our concentration throughout the match to hold. As we relaxed, we were off, because they played very well.”
Void Sutton United know Arsenal is not to be a surprise in the FA Cup