LEE CLARK praised his players’ professionalism but slammed the state of the Don Valley Stadium pitch as Town chalked up a first Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win since 2004.
Goals from Peter Clarke (second minute) and Robbie Simpson (seventh) earned a 2-1 win over League II pacesetters Rotherham to put Town in Saturday’s second-round draw.
Rotherham replied through Adam Le Fondre (35th minute) but Clark felt his side should have won a tie watched by 2,346 (796 Town fans) far more comfortably.
“We created a host of chances and, to be honest, it could have been Brighton all over again,” said Clark, reflecting on the 7-1 League I win over the south coast side.
“We need to be more ruthless and we certainly need to start keeping clean sheets, but this is Cup football and we are through, which is the main objective.”Related content
On a pitch damaged after a pop concert, Clark said: “I can say it now that we have won the game, but professional football really shouldn’t be played on a surface like that.
“I spoke to the referee and I will put my concerns in writing because, on a pitch like that, there’s a real worry over the safety of players.”