Stevenage striker Danny Newton on ‘tough to take’ FA Cup defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:02 17 January 2018

Danny Newton on the attack. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Newton on the attack. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Danny Newton believes Stevenage gave a good account of themselves against Reading and were unlucky with decision against them.

A hat-trick from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson condemned Boro to a 3-0 defeat, knocking them out of the FA Cup in the third-round replay at the Madejski.

Newton thinks a disallowed goal from Matt Godden and a penalty appeal turned down – both early in the game – were key moments that turned the tide of the match.

The striker told CometSport: “I think we were on top in the first 20 to 30 minutes of the game, we had a goal disallowed and I think we should have had a penalty as well.

“They’ve put one away and it’s deflated us. They then go and get and second.

“We’ve done well early in second half trying to get back in the game and they’ve hit us on the break.

“They were clinical and we weren’t so it’s tough to take.

“That’s why they play at that level but I think we’ve gave a good account of ourselves.

“Like I say, we just didn’t take the chances and we were unlucky to have one disallowed which I think was close.”

Newton expressed his disappointment at Stevenage’s FA Cup exit but the 26-year-old is now focused on helping the club climb the Sky Bet League Two table.

“Everyone loves the FA Cup and wants to go as far as possible in it,” he said.

“We have got to improve in the league and we can now focus on that.

“We are not a 15th placed side. I think we are a lot better than that and we should be up there.

“We have to put that right and make sure we are.

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