BOWYER’S DAR­ING TO DREAM

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Scott Hunt

BLACK­POOL boss Gary Bowyer is dream­ing of a trip to Old Traf­ford as his side edged out a re­silient non-league Brack­ley to reach the FA Cup third round.

Jamille Matt’s early header se­cured Black­pool’s place in the third-round draw, but the Na­tional League North side had the bet­ter of the game and were un­lucky to lose.

It means League Two Black­pool have lost just one of their last nine games in all com­pe­ti­tions, and Bowyer has his sights on a glam­our tie.

“Per­son­ally, I’d love to go to Old Traf­ford with a team,” Bowyer said.

“I went to An­field and that was a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion for every­body.

“But we’d be de­lighted to get one of the Pre­mier League boys home or away.

“The ob­jec­tive at five to three was to get through and that’s what we’ve done.

“I think it’s prob­a­bly our worst per­for­mance of the sea­son with the ball.

“But the char­ac­ter and de­sire to get through is what shone through in the sec­ond half.

“We had to dig deep, but full praise to the play­ers be­cause ob­jec­tive achieved.

“Full credit to Brack­ley, they were ter­rific. But the ob­jec­tive was to get through and we got through.”

In a week where one Brack­ley-based sports team, Mercedes, have been cheer­ing Nico Ros­berg’s For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship win, the foot­ball club were un­lucky not to be join­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

It threat­ened to be a long af­ter­noon when Black­pool went ahead af­ter six min­utes as Matt nod­ded in at the far post from Brad Potts’ cross.

But Brack­ley dom­i­nated the ball af­ter that and had a chance to equalise when Lee Ndlovu’s ef­fort de­flected just wide af­ter 11 min­utes.

And on the stroke of half-time they were de­nied by the wood­work as Clark Robert­son al­most put past his own keeper.

Into the sec­ond pe­riod and Ndlovu went one-on-one with Sam Slo­combe af­ter 55 min­utes, but was de­nied by the keeper.

And Brack­ley con­tin­ued to threaten, win­ning a num­ber of free-kicks. In the 78th minute Glenn Walker’s curling dead-ball was headed across goal – and Tom Al­dred had to clear off the line to se­cure Black­pool’s pro­gres­sion.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed to have lost that game be­cause I thought we fully de­served a re­play,” Brack­ley boss Kevin Wilkin said. “To fall be­hind early was not a great start but we grew into the game. The lads have put on a good show for us. “In games like this you do need that lit­tle bit of luck at cer­tain times. A few things haven’t gone our way. “We haven’t dis­graced our­selves by any means, we gave a great ac­count of our­selves and played some qual­ity foot­ball.

“I’m just a bit dis­ap­pointed that we’re out and out to a bit of a soft goal early on.

“It was an en­joy­able af­ter­noon other that the fact that we are out of the com­pe­ti­tion and we did well.”

PICTURES: Ac­tion Images

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