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Chatfield: "The good thing is we still get another bite at the cherry."

Bulls boss Matt Chatfield felt that Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup draw at Heanor was a fair result, giving credit to a determined home side from a tier below.

"Fair play to Heanor - they've come out and they were the better side in the first half," Chatfield told Bulls TV after the Extra Preliminary Round stalemate.

"They've obviously watched us, they've seen how we play. We tried to changes things up and it didn't work, but fair play to them.

"I think in the second half there was a bit more about us - their 'keeper has made an absolute worldie of a save and any other day it's going in the back of the net, and obviously there's that goal mouth scramble at the end where we think it's gone in.

"The good thing is we're still in the FA Cup, we're still in the draw and we get another bite of the cherry."

The Bulls did well to resist a Heanor side that more than often looked a real threat, with defender Cameron Hough picking up the Man-of-the-Match award.

"Look at our back four today - it's another clean sheet," he added, "I've seen Cameron Hough make a 70-yard sprint to make sure we don't concede the ball.

"Unfortunately it's the first time this season that we haven't registered a goal."

As a busy schedule builds up with the replay and a rearranged tie against Handsworth both taking place on upcoming Tuesday nights, assistant manager John Stancliffe said there were no concerns about squad fitness.

"It shouldn't take it's toll at all on the squad," he said, "We worked very hard in pre-season and when you play at this level you have to expect games Saturday-Tuesday.

"From our point of view it gives a chance to a few of the injured lads to make it back."

Saturday's star man, Cameron Hough, reckoned that his side were too slow off the mark in the first half.

"I thought all the lads dug deep, but from Tuesday's performance we could have worked a little bit harder from the start," he told Bulls TV.

"Now we've just got to work on it in training and make sure it's right for next time we play these lot."

The controversial goal decision at the very death - which saw Jordan Annable potential head the Bulls over the line only for a goal-line clearance to be ruled legitimate - had to be brought up, and Hough reckoned the goal should have stood.

"It was me who held off the 'keeper and I saw JJ (Annable) flick it on, and for me it was over the line; I think everybody else on the pitch thought it was as well, but obviously the ref just didn't give it unfortunately."


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