Sarll keen to take on a giant chal­lenge

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Neil Gould­ing

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.”

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