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Howard Happy To Come Through Difficult Night

Keeper Pleased To Progress In Cup

19 December 2018

Mark Howard was happy to come through a ‘difficult’ night against Solihull Moors, as Blackpool set up an Emirates FA Cup third round tie against his former club Arsenal.

The Pool stopper ended up being firmly tested against the Vanarama National League side, who pumped plenty of high balls into the box.

“It was obviously a tough game, they made it really difficult for us and made it into a proper scrappy game. We’re delighted to get through and that little bit of quality that Jay’s got showed through in the end,” Howard said, speaking after the 3-2 extra-time victory.

“The lads put in a big shift. It was never going to be a nice game, especially after the first one, because they just made it difficult for us. But we now have an exciting game to look forward to.

“In the first-half they put a lot of crosses on top of me and then they obviously stopped afterwards for a bit. Towards the end of the game they kept doing it, but we’ve got some great defenders who made some massive clearances and blocks.

“We knew the quality we’ve got could show through – we just had to wear them down a bit more. We stopped doing that in the second-half, so in extra-time we just said that we had to move the ball more, and that led to us winning the penalty.”

Prior to now planning for that Arsenal tie, Blackpool have four league fixtures to contend with, starting on Saturday at home to Barnsley.

“We played them in the cup earlier on in the season and they’re a good team with a lot of movement. They obviously showed that when they were in the league above. We’re striving to carry on our league form and get a good result, though,” Howard added.

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