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Murphy: Couldn't Be Proud Enough

Under-18s FA Youth Cup Journey Continues

7 March 2018

John Murphy was once again beaming with pride following another sensational night for the under-18s in the FA Youth Cup.

A 3-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers, with its fair share of twists and turns, set up a two-legged semi-final against Arsenal in the competition.

The winning goal came courtesy of a 92nd minute penalty from Rowan Roache, as The Seasiders fought back from going 2-1 down to the hosts, who also had a man sent off in the second-half at Ewood Park.

“The game was an interesting one. I thought first-half we were excellent and deserved to be in the lead, even though we weren’t,” Murphy reflected.  

“In the second-half we didn’t start too great, but then we got a goal, then they get a man sent off and the game changed. It was crazy, but that’s football. All of a sudden they looked the better team, and then they go 2-1 up.

“Against 10 men we lacked composure and lacked game management. We went long, and when do you go long against a team of 10 men? They were harrying and the sending off gave them a lift, and the goal gave them a double lift.

“When we got the equaliser I think they went, you could see them visibly go. I think they were playing for extra-time then, so it was vital that we tried to win it.”

The result means that Blackpool have now beaten Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town, Southampton, West Ham United, Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City. Having shown no fear in previous rounds, Murphy insists his side will give it a real go against Arsenal.

“We’re going to give them a game, we’ll have a go. No doubt they’ll have us watched and that, but we’ve had six games now and beat three Cat 1s and three Cat 3s. I couldn’t be proud enough of the lads and all the staff involved,” he added.

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