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Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode delighted to beat Bedford Town in FA Cup upset

Manager Michael Goode declared himself 'absolutely over the moon' with his Deeping Rangers charges after their FA Cup giantkilling exploits on Saturday.

The Clarets caused a preliminary round upset after winning 1-0 away at Southern League Division One Central side Bedford Town.

Jordan Macleod's second half strike secured a place in Tuesday's first qualifying round draw for the United Counties League Premier Division side after an excellent all-round effort.

Michael Goode (15696821)
Michael Goode (15696821)

They restricted the higher level Eagles to minimal chances while making the most of the main opportunity that fell their way.

And, after an indifferent start to the campaign, Goode was thrilled that his side produced a performance to match their pre-season expectations.

He said: "We're absolutely over the moon for one key reason - we put in a performance that we are capable of.

"I don't think we have done ourselves any justice in the last four games, but I thought on Saturday that defensively we looked solid, which we know we have got in the tank, our midfield grafted and worked hard and tried to create something when they had the opportunity.

"I thought we were well on top in the first half up to the drinks break which killed us a bit.

"We had the better clear-cut chances in the second half. I'm not saying we had more possession, but the better openings.

"The goal was meat and drink to Jordan and we also had a couple of other runs into the box. Scott Mooney has fired just wide and their keeper has a made really good save down to his left to deny him.


"The key is thing is not necessarily that we're into the next round of the competition. It's the fact we've come here and, as a squad, we've actually put in a performance that we're capable of.

"It should give us lots of belief that we're in a good position to move forward because our shape was really good.

"We brought Sam Murphy and Michael Simpson off the bench and they both settled in straight away and then we stuck Jez Adams up top because you know he is going to run hard and cause problems.

"It's not a complete performance in terms of fluidity of passing but, in terms of who we were playing and being away from home, it should give us a lot of belief that we can go on.

"If that's the standards we're setting then we're not far away. I don't think anyone would say we've been anywhere near in the four previous games so this has filled me with a lot more confidence.

"It was good and I'm pleased. Hopefully this performance will now take us on to the next game which is just as important because we need to build some league momentum as well."

The match marked Goode's return to former club Bedford Town who he joined as an 18-year-old while at university in the town.

He added: "It's been brilliant to come back. The ground has changed a bit, it was a long time ago, but it feels the same and it was just nice to come here and get a win."

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