Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon was delighted with his side's fight as they came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 away to Premier League club Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Mullin struck an 87th minute penalty which was awarded through VAR after Corey Blackett-Taylor was brought down in the penalty area.
Connor Jennings’ header with 25 minutes to play kickstarted the comeback, with the goal initially ruled offside before being overturned by VAR, prior to Manny Monthe adding a second.
Rovers were three goals down to Nigel Pearson’s Hornets at half-time, courtesy of strikes from Tom Dele-Bashiru, Nathanial Chalobah and Roberto Pereyra, who was later sent off in the closing stages.
And Mellon was delighted with the comeback in front of over 2, 500 of the SWA who had travelled down to Hertfordshire.
Mellon said: “The goals that we gave away were poor, but then in the second-half, we changed it and said to them at half time that we needed to fight for the phenomenal support.
“Then to see us get on the front foot and win more of them knockdowns and start to run forward in areas.
“We made it interesting, scoring through VAR, and then we got another one, and then we get the equaliser. It was unbelievable drama, everybody will say that’s what the cup is all about, but I’m really pleased for the fans and the Football Club because it’s an important second-half for us, that.
“It’s important to keep moving the Club forward. We were brilliant in the second-half and we delivered and every credit to them, they were a different team in the second-half.
“They played with a lot more pride and desire, we had a lot more belief and on top of that, we’ve earned ourselves an FA Cup replay.
“We were poor in the first-half and we’ll make no bones about that, but I thought the performance in the second-half deserves a massive amount of credit.
“The lad has gone right through Corey Blackett-Taylor, cleaned out his leg, and I thought the other one from the corner, you can’t be offside from that, so in that case, it’s justified.”
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