COOK: LATICS CAN­NOT COAST

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP - By Tom Harle

WI­GAN boss Paul Cook couldn’t hide his dis­ap­point­ment at be­ing forced to a re­play with AFC Fylde but cred­ited the NonLea­guers for bat­tling back to bag a draw.

Cook’s Latics and the plucky Coast­ers will both be in the hat for tomorrow’s third-round draw af­ter a com­pelling cup-tie watched by a na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

The 2013 win­ners looked to have avoided the ba­nana skin when Will Grigg nod­ded home only for Danny Rowe to level from the spot.

Wi­gan started the game with all the chutz­pah of a side beaten just once in ten games but failed to gorge on a glut of first-half chances.

“In games like this, if you don’t get that sec­ond goal you run the risk of that hap­pen­ing,” Cook said.

“A sec­ond goal would have dis­ap­pointed Fylde so much, with the en­ergy lev­els they were us­ing to stay in the game.

“But we just didn’t man­age to take ad­van­tage of the chances. Wi­gan have been there as a club, where Fylde are tonight, and it’s to­tally their night.

“It’s easy to be dis­ap­pointed but we’re in the hat, that’s the main thing.”

Gavin Massey came within a whisker in the sec­ond minute, fir­ing nar­rowly wide.

North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Grigg nearly nabbed an opener when his loop­ing header clipped the bar.

Just as chances ap­peared to have dried up, the vis­i­tors snatched an in­ter­val lead.

Nathan Byrne swiv­elled and de­liv­ered a left-footed cross, Grigg ap­ply­ing the deftest of glances into the bot­tom left from six yards.

The pat­tern of play re­mained af­ter the break, Jay Lynch forced into sharp stops to his left when Michael Ja­cobs shaped to curl in and Lee Evans drilled an ef­fort on target.

Al­though Fylde carved out their first open­ing when sub Matty Blinkhorn nearly headed in with his first touch, there looked to be slim hope for the hosts.

But the Coast­ers have won seven of their last eight games and came surg­ing back in the 70th minute.

Skip­per Sam Finley, a bun­dle of in­dus­try and in­ge­nu­ity through­out, got to the ball be­fore Byrne, who caught him to con­cede a penalty.

Na­tional League top scorer Rowe looked the coolest char­ac­ter in Mill Farm when he stepped up and slot­ted his spot­kick.

Fylde boss Dave Challi­nor said: “In the sec­ond half I thought we de­served some­thing on ef­fort alone.

“The first half was dif­fi­cult, we tried to match them up and re­ally rode our luck.

“We even­tu­ally got that bit of luck you need and earned our­selves a re­play. The draw on Mon­day is some­thing to look for­ward to re­gard­less of the re­sult.

“We’ve held Wi­gan, the best team in the draw. We’ll en­joy tonight.”

FYLDE: (4-3-3): Lynch 7, Richards 6 (Grand 89 N/A), Ed­mund­son 6, Tun­ni­cliffe 7, Fran­cis-An­gol 7, Mon­trose 6, Finley 8 (Tay­lor 90+3 N/A), Bond 6, Ezewele 5 (Blinkhorn 62 6), Rowe 7, Smith 7

Subs not used: Tay­lor, McCready, Tas­demir, Jones WI­GAN: (4-2-3-1): Jones 6, Byrne 6, Dunk­ley 7, Burn 6, James 6, Evans 7, Morsy 6, Ja­cobs 7 (Roberts 90 N/A), Power 6, Massey 6 (Pow­ell 73 6), Grigg 7 (Toney 88 N/A)

Subs not used: Elder, Perkins, Bruce, Sar­kic

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