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I said to the players before the FA Cup game against Darlington that if we didn’t take our chances we’d rue missing them, and that’s exactly what happened. We were all over them for the first 40 minutes. They are two divisions above us, and full-time professionals, but you wouldn’t have known it. They hardly had a shot on target and we had a number of good chances. Siggy and Boothy were through on one-on-ones and their first touch let them down. Juke Box had a chance and shot wide, and then had another, where he was nudged just as he was about to hit the ball, which made him miss the target. There was a handball in the area, and Siggy was fouled as he rose to head the ball on the far post. No pens.

They were worried, very worried. They didn’t fancy it at all. There were two occasions where their defenders just kicked the ball out of touch under no pressure. Then on 40 minutes their left-winger got in front of Dean Hooper and tucked the ball into the net. It was a well-taken goal, but it was totally against the run of play.

After the interval they did create a couple of chances to double their lead, but we should have equalised when Juke Box had the chance to volley the ball home from about six yards, at the end of a good move. He decided to head the ball instead, and it was the wrong decision - he put it wide. Then they scored a second from a corner. Ian Simpemba’s man headed the ball onto the crossbar, and then put in the rebound. He should have still been marked.

 


Darlington added insult to injury time with a fourth goal on 97 minutes

     
 
 
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