Injuries take their toll as Diamonds’ cup dream ends

Andy Peaks was frustrated with a missed opportunity as AFC Rushden & Diamonds were beaten in the FA Cup
Andy Peaks was frustrated with a missed opportunity as AFC Rushden & Diamonds were beaten in the FA Cup
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Andy Peaks felt AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ injuries finally took their toll as their Emirates FA Cup hopes were ended in a 3-0 defeat at Hendon.

Diamonds were already without a number of key players but then lost Kyal McNulty to illness before the third qualifying round tie.

In the end, Diamonds were well beaten by the Ryman League Premier Division outfit, although they did have their chances as Nic Evangelinos hit the post when they were just 1-0 down.

But Peaks was left to bemoan the huge injury list as he felt a “fantastic opportunity” went begging for his team

“I am just frustrated because it was a fantastic opportunity that we have not taken for various reasons,” Peaks said.

“I do feel the injuries took their toll. We lost Kyal McNulty to illness yesterday morning then Liam Dolman has injured his groin the game and Richard Bunting was also playing with an illness as well.

“The number of injuries we have had to contend with is ridiculous but I still felt we had enough to go and get a result.

“We started quite well and we had a couple of half chances but they have scored not long before half-time and we defend it well enough.

“But we came out well in the second half and we have hit the post and had a couple of good opportunities where better decision-making could have made the difference.

“Then they have gone down the other end and scored and I feared we might go under after that.

“But I will give credit to the lads. They kept going and didn’t give up on it.

“I am just very disappointed. To get this far in the competition and to not be able to field anywhere near your strongest side is disappointing.

“We had seven players who didn’t complete the game who would normally be in there, it’s too much to deal with.”