BOWYER’S DARING TO DREAM
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.”
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