Am­mies up­set will linger long in mem­ory

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Matt Bad­cock

RI­CARDO MONIZ watched on as his Notts County side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Non-League Sal­ford City and then de­liv­ered a damn­ing ver­dict on his bungling play­ers.

Evo-Stik NPL Pre­mier out­fit Sal­ford may be owned by Class of ’92 stars Ryan Giggs, Paul Sc­holes, Nicky Butt, Gary and Phil Neville, but even the fa­mous five couldn’t have pre­dicted a magic first round mo­ment like this.

From the first whis­tle they did have be­lief, how­ever, with League Two County putting in a woe­ful per­for­mance against a side 59 places be­low them in the pyra­mid.

Danny Web­ber opened the scor­ing just 18 sec­onds into the sec­ond-half be­fore sub­sti­tute Richie Allen showed great skill to skip away from three de­fend­ers and plant the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

“They wanted it more, they de­served to win,” said head coach Moniz. “For us, it was the worst night so we are all dead at the mo­ment.

“We can’t blame the pitch, be­cause they also had that pitch. They were bet­ter and that’s un­ex­plain­able.

“From the first-half you could see not any player had strength against the ball, men­tally we were very, very weak com­pared to them. That’s the big­gest de­feat. They wanted it more.The in­di­vid­ual skill for their sec­ond goal, I must say, was ex­cep­tional, but on the other hand he got away from three peo­ple.

“Thirty sec­onds af­ter half-time the ball was al­ready in the net.Too many play­ers were pas­sive. There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween talk­ing and do­ing.

“It’s al­ways the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the coach.We have to stick to­gether in­side.We are dead at the mo­ment and we will never for­get.”

It’s a night that will live long in the mem­ory of Sal­ford fans too as their team pulled off this sea­son’s first big FA Cup shock.

The only real sur­prise was they weren’t ahead at the break, with striker Jor­dan Hulme go­ing close three times as the Am­mies dom­i­nated.

Hav­ing weath­ered the storm trav­el­ling County fans would have ex­pected a re­ac­tion, but in­stead the night went from bad to worse within a minute of the re-start.

James Poole skinned left-back Thierry Audel and crossed the ball to the far post where former Manch­ester United striker Web­ber tapped in.

Still there was no re­ac­tion. Hulme’s shot crashed back off the cross­bar be­fore County’s best chance came and went. De­fender Steve How­son’s clear­ance can­noned back off Adam Camp­bell, but he re­cov­ered bril­liantly to hack the sub’s goal-bound at­tempt off the line. And when Allen fired in the sec­ond on 73 min­utes, the hu­mil­i­a­tion was com­plete.

“I’ve never felt so much raw emo­tion dur­ing or af­ter a game in my life,” said Sal­ford joint-boss An­thony John­son. “When the sec­ond goal went in, I al­most burst into tears.”



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