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Post York City | Luke Leahy

5 November 2022

Captain Luke Leahy spoke to the media following our FA Cup victory over York.

Town made it into the hat for the second round of the world's oldest knockout competition by securing a 2-1 win over The Minstermen.

On what was an eventful afternoon for the skipper, Leahy was involved in a collision with a York player that resulted in a bust lip that required six stitches.

But he dusted himself down to score from the penalty spot just before the break - with that goal proving to be the winner after Manny Duku pulled one back for the visitors just seconds later.

ON HIS LIP INJURY: 

"I have had a couple of stiches but I should be alright. It looks a lot better than it did an hour ago so it should be okay.  

“I just remember him coming across me and catching me with his elbow and I just looked down at my hands and there was blood.

"As soon as you see blood you fear the worst - I think my tooth went through my lip when he elbowed me.” 

ON THE GAME:

“We know we can be a lot better.

"There were aspects of the game where we can be a lot sharper and quicker but we're in the next round and that’s what the FA Cup is all about. 

“We know we can be better and on Wednesday when Oxford come here we have to be a lot better but were in the draw for the next round and that was the main objective.” 

ON SCORING AFTER TWO MINUTES:

“It was a great start and it is something we have worked on where the wing-backs are running ahead and Tom Bayliss runs in behind.  

"It was a perfect start and I thought first half we played really well, controlled the game and got into positions where we want to be and had worked on.  

“The goal for them just before half time put us back a little bit but we're in the draw for the next round and that is the main thing.” 

ON HIS PENALTY:

“I work a lot on penalties and different parts of where I am going to go.

"I practice them a lot and thankfully it has paid off and made it 2-0."

"I said before the game that today was York’s day and we didn’t want to be one of those teams that had an upset.

"It was like last year at Anfield where it was our day and Liverpool couldn’t slip up and we haven’t done that today. 

“The performance could have been a lot better and we have spoken in their about what aspects could be better.

"We know for Wednesday we need to be a lot better than that.” 

ON THE UPCOMING HOME GAMES AGAINST OXFORD AND BARNSLEY:

"They are games to look forward to.

"We have had some tough fixtures in the league but they are the games we want to be involved in.

"We had two tough away games recently. Now we have two tough home games but we are looking forward to them.

"We got back to winning ways today so hopefully we can do the same on Wednesday.” 

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