David Artell hailed his side’s performance as they fairly comfortably saw off Eastleigh in tonight’s FA Cup second round replay. Substitute Chuma Anene scored twice and could have been going home with the matchball but for Reda Johnson sliding a Daniel Powell cross into his own net before the on-loan striker could apply his own touch.
Championship side Barnsley now await Crewe in round three in the New Year.
Following the 3-1 win over Eastleigh, the Alex boss: “It was a professional performance from us and I didn’t think we were under much danger. We performed for 90 minutes rather than the 45 minutes we did down there in the first game.
“It was a fairly comfortable night but it wasn’t necessary for long periods. We had to fight out the dog if you like because Eastleigh are a good team. I said they would hold their own in League Two and they wouldn’t struggle by a long stretch. They have good resources and a good budget but I thought our lads were terrific. We passed the ball really well tonight and scored three goals. We had chances to score more and now we have a third round tie against Barnsley to look forward to.
“I said to them before the game that we had to go out and be the best players on the pitch. They had to do their jobs and they did. When you get 10, 11 players on the pitch being the best players then we win the game.
“It was a big game for the club and now we can look forward to the third round, which is a magical day. I remember my days in the third round when I’ve played against Liverpool and Everton and they are the ones that stand long in the memory.
“Chuma did his job. All the subs did tonight and we have a good squad. I’ve told them, Chuma, Daniel Powell, Jonah, Callum Ainley that they have to be ready because we will need them. Chuma was needed and was ready. Daniel came on and was terrific as well and Greenie did his job for the minutes that he was on. That is what we want.
“The thing that annoyed me was the goal we conceded in the last minute. They know, I have told them. We need to get used to keeping clean sheets. It was bad play on our part and that is something we have to get better at. We kept clean sheets last season and have a few this season and we have got to used to not conceding.
He added: “We have to be resolute and hard to beat so when we go to Forest Green and draw 0-0 instead of losing 1-0. “