BUXTON FC suffered a comprehensive 5-0 defeat against Derby County in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final on Wednesday night.
But the Buxton management duo of John Reed and Clive Freeman were not too downhearted at the result, instead expressing their delight to have got through the game without picking up any further injuries as the battle for a play-off spot culminates this weekend.
The Bucks were a goal down inside the first 90 seconds at Chesterfield’s B2Net Stadium and from then on they faced an uphill struggle against the Championship side, who fielded a number of first team players.
But with Buxton still to secure an all important play-off spot with just two games to go, both Reed and Freeman were less than disappointed with the result.
Speaking after the final whistle, assistant manager Clive Freeman said: “To be honest, I’m just absolutely delighted not to have got any more injuries. I don’t want to sound flippant about the competition because I thought Derby County were an absolute credit to their manager and players like Lee Croft showed a fantastic attitude but I’m just pleased to have got through the game without any more of our players getting injured.
“I feel sorry for the fans but hopefully they’ll understand why we played the team we did because of the play-offs.
“At the end of the day, it is a cup final which is always a great occasion for clubs and fans but it’s just disappointing that it had to be played this week when we are still fighting for the play-offs.
“It was a good run out for some of the fringe players like James Askey, Chris Ovington, Danny Kirkland and Sam Johnson but Derby County were excellent and it just showed the massive gap between the two teams.”
And manager John Reed added: “We’ve got to give Derby County enormous credit because they came here and have put a real shift in. They did a fantastic job and at the end of the day, their class showed. A number of their players tonight play in their first team and obviously there were massive changes to our team.
“Looking at my squad we had Danny Kirkland, he’s 19, Chris Ovington is 19, Neil Stevens is 22, young Josh Wilde at left back is 18 and it has been a great experience for them all but Derby County played well and that is why they won 5-0. Having said that, if it hadn’t been for Scott Hartley, it would have been in double figures.
“It’s a great occasion and has been great for the fans but our thoughts, our priority, is the Nantwich game (on Saturday).
“It’s absolutely fantastic to get to a cup final. When you see the squad they have put out tonight some of their players are getting around £3000 to £4000 a week. There are six leagues between us and their class does show. Their passing moves, their work rate, it’s plain to see. It has been a very enjoyable night but our focus is firmly on the play-offs.”