Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was proud of his side’s “character” as the 10-men won 2-1 away at Wycombe Wanderers in extra-time to make it through to the Emirates FA Cup second-round on Wednesday night.
Kane Wilson’s red card late in the first-half was punished as Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys led at the interval through Anthony Stewart’s opener.
But Rovers roared back and responded at Adams Park through Morgan Ferrier’s well-taken equaliser on 55 minutes, a goal which forced extra-time in the first-round replay.
And with a penalty shoot-out on the horizon, Rovers secured victory when Kieron Morris struck with 115 minutes on the clock.
Tranmere will host Chichester City at Prenton Park on Sunday 1st December in the second-round, which will be televised on BT Sport, kicking-off at 3pm.
Mellon said: “The character to go down at half-time to 10-men, the easy thing to do would be to go under, we know about the character in the group, the team spirit in the group and what we’re all about.
“Then to go into extra-time and dig in and dig in, and to score two quality goals, I’m very, very pleased for the lads.
“We probably deserved to go down to 10 men It was a bad challenge from a very young player who will learn from that, but then for the team to show their fighting qualities in cup ties like this so far away on evening’s like tonight, it shows character.
“We have to continually show our battling qualities all the time in every game that we play in. We would obviously like to do it differently at times, we don’t always want to have to show those qualities all of the time, but it’s good to know we have them in the locker.
“I told them to stay in the game and believe. We’ve been here many times before and it’s been done before, believe it can be done and believe that we have the quality to get another opportunity. If you dig in and keep going and you keep believing, you’ll catch them at some stage, and we were able to do that twice."
The boss was quick to praise his two goal scorers, on a night where Rovers battled against the odds over 130 minutes to seal their place in the next round.
He added: “It was a terrific finish from him (Ferrier) and that’s why we wanted to bring him into the club, it was a terrific goal.
“He (Morris) has always been a good player, he’s always been capable and he’s been playing in a different area of the pitch, and if he gets around that area with that left-foot of his, he’s going to punish you, and I’m delighted to see it.
“We were down to 10 men and you’d expect everybody to come under a bit of pressure at some stage in the game and the players deserve a lot of credit.”
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