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Lawrie Sanchez, Barnet

Lawrie buzzing over bees exploits

Boss Lawrie Sanchez felt Barnet deserved their latest giant-killing act after they knocked League One Colchester out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 3-1.

August 2011

The Bees have already beaten Portsmouth in the League Cup this season and Sanchez was pleased to claim another cup scalp.

Sanchez said: “We've played 16 halves of football this season in league and cup games and we've been very good in 14 of them.

“The only two that we haven't been good in, Bradford have scored three goals and Port Vale scored two. We've got a decent squad and I thought that when I came in.

“We're better than we were last year - the problem is that we're playing in the wrong league!

“We should be playing higher than we are because we can compete with the Championship and League One clubs. Having said that, we beat Morecambe and they're top of the table.

“Against the bigger boys, we do well. The one thing that I'll never question about this squad of players is their honesty.

“They're an honest bunch of players - they're naive at times and they make the wrong decisions at times but they can't question some of the blocks they made.”

New manager Phil Parkinson was delighted to see Bradford win through to the second round after beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes.

The former Colchester, Hull and Charlton boss, who watched the game from the stands after succeeding Peter Jackson as manager, said: “I am pleased. There were a lot of good signs out there.

“I went into the dressing room at half-time and told the players to be patient. We had a better shape in the second half and created some good chances. I thought they were excellent, they kept going and did so physically.”

Walsall manager Dean Smith was relieved to see his side reach the next stage but was disappointed with their performance in the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury at the Banks's Stadium.

Two stunning goals in the first half from Ryan Jarvis - who later missed a penalty - and Richard Taundry eased the Saddlers through but Shrewsbury, playing some lovely football, had them hanging on at the end.

Smith said: “We are sitting here with a win and I am happy with that but slightly angry because our performance was nowhere near the level it should be.”

Elsewhere in the Northern Section, Huddersfield battled to a 2-1 victory over Northampton, Scunthorpe beat Hartlepool 2-0 and Sheffield United overcame Burton 2-1.

Meanwhile, Tranmere and Crewe needed penalties to get past Bury and Port Vale.

Exeter and Brentford were two teams in the Southern Section who needed spot-kicks to ensure victory as they overcame Plymouth and MK Dons respectively.

The results were rounded off by Bournemouth coming from a goal down to beat Hereford 4-1 while Cheltenham and Southend battled hard to get past Torquay and Crawley.

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