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No Regrets About Tactical Switch, Says Owls’ Beaten Boss

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Marcus Newell doesn’t regret his gamble of switching to three at the back to try and save the FA Vase final on Sunday.

Cleethorpes were a goal down with time running out and the manager made his move to try and find an equalising goal.

It backfired and South Shields ran riot in the final ten minutes to get their hands on the famous silverware.

Newell has no regrets about the late tactical change. He said he would rather lose 4-0 trying than 1-0 and not give it a go.

“The best team won and congratulations to them,” said the beaten Owls manager. “They were by far the best team but we gave them too much respect.

“We are dead on on our feet. We had to do something and went three at the back but we had to take a gamble and we were punished for it ultimately.

“We needed to get a foothold in the game, we had to try and find that goal. We sat back and let them do what they wanted to do which is a shame but it’s an achievement the season we have had.”

Tears after, but he says his players would have learned a lot from their experience.

“Some lads are crying after, and that’s football,” he added following the final. “They say Wembley is not a place for losers and I know what they mean.

“It’s a shame we were on the end of a scoreline like that but we’ll pick ourselves up and learn from it. We’re sore, but we’ll bounce back. These players have been fantastic.”

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