King: 4-1 FA Cup defeat has left me the most humiliated I’ve felt as a football boss

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STEVE KING admitted the abject display by his misfiring Rooks in their FA Cup exit at Chertsey today (Saturday) left him the most humiliated he had ever felt as a football manager, writes Brian Pollard.

Two goals apiece from Chertsey’s impressive wide men Phil Page and Daniel Bennett, plus a first half sending off for Lewes defender Lewis Hamilton, added up to a miserable day for the Rooks as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage. Matt Somner’s headed goal proved only a consolation as the visitors slumped to a 4-1 defeat against their Evo-Stik Central Southern opponents.

And asked how he felt after the game, a shocked King replied: “It’s probably the most humiliated I’ve felt since I’ve been a manager.

“They (Chertsey) have played better than us and have deserved to win the game. I can’t dress it up any other way.

“I’m not going to look for excuses. For me it wasn’t good enough and I’m not accepting that (performance). I will never accept that.”

See this Friday’s Sussex Express for more on the match and more post-match comment from Lewes boss King. See this Friday’s paper also for another superb picture of the match published courtesy of Stuart Fuller, like the one we printed in this week’s paper of Christian Nanetti’s goal against Aveley. Stuart is the man behind the award-winning website www.theballisround.co.uk, which has won rave reviews and even awards from esteemed national publications such as the Guardian and legendary football magazine When Saturday Comes.

Visit Stuart’s online blog now for a superb football read and loads of great photographs.