Written by: Jack
Scott Booth has issued a reminder that his side need to continue meeting the high standards they set in performances following the hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton.
Lewes face Bristol City tonight in the Conti Cup with a Quarter-Final tie at stake vs. either Leicester City or Manchester City who also play each other this evening.
Manchester City sit top of their group with Leicester needing a big margin of victory in order to change that. For ourselves and Bristol City, the Rooks sit top of Group D needing at least a point to go through.
Even a 1-0 win for Bristol City would leave us on the same GD, same GF, same GA, same wins, and the Robins would go through on head-to-head.
Ahead of the big cup tie, Scott reflected on Sunday’s big win over Southampton in the league.
“It was a little bit bitter sweet on Sunday; we get three points, away from home, against a tough side, a really good side, but don’t play well.
“We’ve set high standards in terms of what we do with the ball and our possession work. We feel like we didn’t do that well at all but the players worked incredibly hard to retain the points which was the key thing.
“In six-weeks time we will remember we got the three points, not the performance, so it was really key we did that.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do in terms of making sure we keep our standards really high, and that’s what we’re hoping to do against Bristol.
“They’re another good side, a side that are doing really well at the top of the table. We have to respect them but understand we’re a good side ourselves.”
Scott was also full of praise for Sophie Whitehouse who put in a play of the match performance.
“We’ve said it a number of times with Sophie this season, she’s been really consistent and a really good person as well.
“She wants to work hard for the team and be a leader, she led by example without a doubt on Sunday with another great performance.”
It’s the middle of a busy week following the Saints match, with the Robins in town tonight and away to Charlton on Sunday.
“Both games are going to be tough because they’re teams at the top of the table, and not been beaten often, don’t concede a lot of goals.
“These are the games that we can hopefully go into and believe we can match them, look to take points, we don’t want to come into it with a mentality other than we’re winning the game.
“The league is so competitive that we’ve seen already, this season, that just about any team can beat any team, and that’s the mentality you go into the games with.
“It’s tough having three games in a week no matter how you look at it, the players want to play games but it’s not easy when you factor in travel, and the fact that the games are coming thick and fast.
“It is difficult but it’s difficult for every team involved and from my perspective we just take every game as it comes and try to win every game.”
Lastly Scott spoke of the mentality going into this game with a big tie for the victor.
“We want to get through of course, we haven’t ever been through before. We have standards to set and we’re not going to drop that in the cup.
“The players understand the magnitude of the game, getting through to the Quarter-Finals, and having a top class opposition in Manchester City or Leicester City to pit ourselves against.”
Lewes FC vs Bristol City tickets
The match on Wedneday is at 6pm. You can buy tickets for the game online and skip the queue at the gate. Online ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
Kids U16 – Free
Beach Huts – £110