Scott fumes over FA Cup ‘beach ball’

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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has hit out at the ball being used in this season’s FA Cup.

“This new FA ball we’re using in the competition is like a beach ball,” he said as he reflected on his side’s 2-1 win at Barrow which gives them a second round tie at fellow League Two club Shrewsbury Town.

“We had it to train with last week but it’s amazing how much different it is from the normal ball for league matches.”

He described the first round win at Barrow as “a hell of a result” but acknowledged it wasn’t pretty saying that the condition of the pitch and the ball were among things not conducive to ‘pretty football’.

Asked what he said at half-time when they were trailing, Scott said: “I said ‘Right, there you go, I wasn’t lying to you. I told you what would happen and it has done’. Nothing was going to change in the second half so we had to be prepared and do things a certain way.

“In the end we made life difficult for them and we were relentless in pursuit of victory.”

The Millers reserves play Scunthorpe at Parkgate this afternoon (2pm).

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