Cup heroics can provide a platform, vows YoungBy Jon Couch
January 31, 2013
JAMIE YOUNG reckons Aldershot Town's FA Cup heroics at Middlesbrough can provide a platform for a successful end of the season - but only if they keep putting in the hard graft.
The Australian goalkeeper stole the plaudits with a magnificent man-of-the-match display at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, making no less than seven top drawer saves to keep the Championship side at bay for 83 glorious minutes.
Unfortunately it was not quite enough to help earn the Shots a lucrative replay at the EBB Stadium but Young, for one, certainly enjoyed his afternoon in the spotlight and reckons a taste of playing on the big stage can inspire his team-mates to reach their maximum potential.
"We all want to play in these arenas but with that comes hard graft in our league," said Young ahead of this weekend's league clash at Exeter City.
"It’s up to us, we can really do something if we believe it. It’s about putting in the extra miles, staying out longer and improving our game.
“As a player at this level you always want to play against higher-level teams to see if you can produce the same performances against them.
“It was nice for me to perform at the level I want to hit every week. It was a joy to play in a stadium like that against a team such as theirs and there’s a lot of positives that I personally can take from it.
“We had a really good go at them, dug in and showed people that we can play against higher-level teams. Sometimes though you don’t get what you deserve.
“One part of me will say, yes, we deserved the draw, but the small cynical side of me says no because we didn’t draw. That’s football, you’ve got to respect the sport."