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Former Claret Neil Wood saw his Salford side beaten 4-0 by the Clarets tonight and accepted that it was time for them to now concentrate on their league form.

Having reached the third round, they were soundly beaten and he said after the game: “It’s a really tough ask to do on the night. We’ve had a bit of success in this competition, we’ve had good experiences against Preston, against Leeds, and again tonight. It’s an experience for the players to be able to play against a Premier League team and you don’t forget that no matter what the result is.

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“It’s nice to be in it, we’ve had some good nights at Preston and against Leeds, which brings excitement. It brings the club together. It brings confidence to the players but the league is the most important thing for us. We have got a lot of injuries, we have to take tonight on the chin, we have to get together and go for it against Newport.”

Commenting on the game, and in particularly the opening period of the game, he added: “The start of the game, we had our defensive shape. They had a lot of the ball around the two centre backs and the keeper, which we knew they would. They’re waiting for the trigger, they’re waiting for the mistake, they’re trying to pull you out of positions to run in behind and we had to stay really disciplined and focused with that.

“I thought we did that then we conceded off a corner which takes the plan away, and I think the free kick, it’s a poor free kick, we switch off, they nip in behind our line and score so really tough goals to take.

“We knew it was always going to be an uphill battle and all credit to the, they’re a good team.”

Vincent Kompany rung the changes and he said after this win: “We had fourteen new players come in at the start of the season, so these types of games are massive for us and we’re happy with how it went.

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“I said it to you last season, a lot of the players that will be real stars for us this season might not have even featured for us yet. We just need to blend them in at the right time and a day like today is a step forward for a lot of the players.

“There’s enough players in the team who will play an important role for us in the Premier League. You can’t force it, these moments for us make it a little bit clearer that we’ve got a lot of young talent coming through and that will strengthen the squad as the season goes.

“It was disciplined for 95 minutes. I know we’re still looking to bring a team together and it’s still the start of the season. You have to look for positives and for us it was disciplined, it was organised and we didn’t give any chances away. We created enough to score the goals we scored.”

He added: “These games can be a cup adventure and we made sure it was what it needed to be. For me personally it’s always been a nice trophy to play for, I’ve always been privileged to be successful in it.

“I want our players and fans to know what it’s like to play the big teams in the later rounds, but we need the squad for that. I’ve never known any squad being successful in this competition without using the full depth of the squad, and we saw that with many players to look forward to and watching for us.”

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