Glo­ri­ous Gills

League One strug­glers beat Pre­mier League side in gi­antkilling feat of the FA Cup third round

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Ian Winrow

Gilling­ham hail ‘great win’ af­ter stun­ning Cardiff Warnock says Liver­pool ‘lacked class’ in Clyne deal

Gilling­ham’s El­liott List was the hero of the FA Cup third round as the League One club pro­duced yes­ter­day’s big­gest shock, con­demn­ing Cardiff City to a hu­mil­i­at­ing early exit from the com­pe­ti­tion.

Steve Lovell’s side took time out from their rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle to reg­is­ter the kind of gi­antkilling that will be long re­mem­bered at a club who last beat top-flight opposition 15 years ago.

The other up­set – though it was hardly the big­gest sur­prise – was Bris­tol City, mid-ta­ble in the Cham­pi­onship, beat­ing Hud­der­s­field Town, the Pre­mier League’s bot­tom club. New­cas­tle United left it late to equalise at home to Black­burn.

Lovell said of Gilling­ham’s win: “It means ev­ery­thing to the club. It’s as big as it can get for us. They are a very good side and we knew we had to be at our best. El­liott took his goal re­ally well. He’s a great young player, a great prospect.

“They gave ev­ery­thing and ran their legs off. It’s a great win for us. This is the first time I’ve played against a Pre­mier League club, so it is my best day as a man­ager.”

Neil Warnock, the Cardiff man­ager, in­sisted his side had been de­nied two penal­ties and was crit­i­cal of the time it took to get a stretcher on to the pitch af­ter Danny Ward was in­jured late on. Ward went to hos­pi­tal for a scan on his cheek­bone while Kadeem Har­ris, his team-mate, suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury.

“They bat­tled well and we’ve got a cou­ple of lads in hos­pi­tal,” Warnock said. “You need a bit of luck and a few de­ci­sions go­ing your way, and they got both of them. We should have had two penal­ties. The push on Nathaniel Men­dez-Laing was bla­tant. I don’t think we’d have scored if we’d played for two more hours.”

Ad­dress­ing the time it took for a stretcher to ap­pear late in the game, Warnock added: “If you’re med­i­cal peo­ple and you’re want­ing a stretcher… if he’d had a heart at­tack he’d be dead now. So they’ve got a lot to learn. What­ever di­vi­sion you’re in, you’re con­cerned about your play­ers if they don’t get the right treat­ment, and we were wait­ing for a stretcher for quite long.

“Kadeem is hav­ing an X-ray on a shoul­der and Danny is go­ing for a scan on his cheek­bone. The lad head-butted him as he has gone to flick it on.”

De­feat came af­ter Warnock had suf­fered the dis­ap­point­ment of fail­ing to sign Nathaniel Clyne, who opted to join Bournemouth from Liver­pool hav­ing ap­par­ently in­di­cated he would move to Cardiff. “I’m dis­ap­pointed not just with the boy him­self but with Liver­pool as well for not ring­ing me, not telling me.” Warnock said. “To see it on tele­vi­sion when they have promised he’s my player this week. It’s a dis­grace, just a lack of class re­ally, isn’t it?”

Shock and awe: Bradley Garm­ston cel­e­brates Gilling­ham’s 81st-minute win­ner against Cardiff City in the FA Cup yes­ter­day, with his League One team-mates pil­ing in to con­grat­u­late goalscorer El­liott List

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