Sarll keen to take on a giant challenge
DARREN Sarll is desperate to draw a “giant” in the FA Cup third round after his Stevenage side secured their place in the hat with a thumping win
Swindon had battled back from 2-0 down but Stevenage raced away with it as Tom Pett scored in first-half stoppage-time, before Matty Gooden and Danny Newton’s double secured a win.
Stevenage boss Sarll was unsurprisingly thrilled by the display and is now eagerly awaiting Monday’s draw.
“There is nothing better than the magic of the cup, and this was a superb cup tie,” he said.
“It was disappointing to let Swindon back into it after we had got that two-goal lead but I thought we showed superb character to get back on it again.
“Being in the third round of the cup is absolutely massive. Drawing a giant in the third round brings in money and publicity.
“A glamour tie would be massive for a club our size. I cannot wait for the draw.”
Meanwhile, a dejected David Flitcroft is keen to see exactly how his troops react to the loss.
The Robins boss said: “The game swung back to us at 2-2 but we did not see the half out.
“They scored the key fifth goal due to our sloppiness and giving the ball away.
“I will find out if I have a group of players who are as upset as me tomorrow.
“All week I expressed the importance of getting into the third round and what it means to people.
“We have chatted this week about taking responsibility and I’m gutted that we are not in the next round.”
Alex Samuel opened the scoring on 17 minutes after Luke Wilkinson headed the ball into his path.
And Stevenage deservedly doubled the lead five minutes later as Matty Gooden coolly slotted home following Pett’s throughball.
Amine Linganzi pulled a goal back after heading home Matthew Taylor’s corner on 32 minutes. It was all level when Taylor’s corner went straight in five minutes before the break.
But Stevenage again hit the front thanks to a superb volley by Pett three minutes into stoppage-time.
Luke Norris saw a shot cannon wide off the post on 51 minutes.
Newton made the game safe after he headed home Gooden’s cross on 72 minutes.
And he scored a wonder goal six minutes later, picking the ball up on halfway before bursting past a number of defenders and slotting home.”