Tranmere Rovers captain Scott Davies says that team spirit proved vital as the 10-men battled from a goal and a man down to win 2-1 away to Wycombe Wanderers extra-time of an Emirates FA Cup first-round replay.
Kane Wilson received his marching orders for a foul late in the first-half, which was capitalised upon by Anthony Stewart.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Micky Mellon’s men bounced back and responded when Morgan Ferrier struck a 55th minute leveller at Adams Park to take it to extra-time.
And against the odds, Tranmere won it in the closing minutes, when Kieron Morris secured Rovers a second-round home tie against Chichester City on Sunday 1st December, which will be televised on BT Sport.
Davies was forced to make several important saves to thwart Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys, as Rovers sealed their victory.
Davies said: “You can’t question spirit, desire and heart, all of them things, we had it in abundance, and if you get that and you can harness that. It’s a skill in abundance and it can take you along way, so long may that continue.
“You’re not always going to be perfect. I’m not always going to be perfect, but I work myself into the ground every day, it’s a collective effort and I’m proud of my team-mates.
“The gaffer kept drumming it into us and said keep waiting for the turnover, it will come, and although we were a man down, we worked well and we stuck to a game plan, but that’s why you work so hard for that and you get your results.
“From top to bottom, from the chairman right down through to the manager and the players and the fans, we are all as one and we wouldn’t have done it without those people behind the goal.”
Davies went onto praise the support of the SWA, who backed the lads right through the cup tie in Buckinghamshire.
He added: “For me, the last few years at Tranmere has been a collective effort, and it has been no different.
“They were unbelievable, since I’ve been here they’ve been unbelievable. It’s not just us on the pitch, with them in the crowd it gives you that extra incentive and effort, for me, they sucked the goal into that goal in the second-half of extra-time, so huge credit to them.”
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