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Kennedy: Everyone has a role to play

6 November 2022

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Mark Kennedy says everyone in the playing squad has a role to play this season.

City bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, but are still fighting in the Carabao Cup and Papa Johns Trophy as well as sitting 13th in Sky Bet League One.

Kennedy said: “We’re a collective unit and we’ll need everyone this season - the great thing about football is there’s always a game around the corner. On Tuesday we go to Bristol City who are a good opposition in the Carabao Cup.

“I don’t want to play down the fact we lost in the FA Cup. We make no excuses and it is not good enough, but we have to be balanced in our assessment of where we are as a club.”

Kennedy was disappointed with the loss at Chippenham Town, having had most of the possession and being particularly dominant in the second half. City had a goal disallowed with Matty Virtue judged to have had a high boot during a challenge before Max Sanders fired home.

He said: “We wanted to win the game and felt we did enough, but ultimately it was one of those days where the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net.

“We had a perfectly good goal disallowed, their lad tried to head the ball when he was - and I'm being generous here - two feet off the floor and Matty Virtue’s not touched him. The referee made a poor decision but there was enough time to win the game, we’re not making excuses and it’s not the referee’s fault we lost the game.”

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