Harry Pritchard says Blackpool knew they would have to dig deep for an Emirates FA Cup first round victory at Exeter City, despite racing into a three-goal lead.
The midfielder scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the match at St James Park, as the hosts rallied to make it 3-2 in the closing stages.
“We said at half-time that they were going to come out because they had nothing to lose at 3-0 down. We knew that they would have a 15-minute spell where they were on top and we would just have to ride it out,” Pritchard said.
“It seemed like it was the last 20, 25 minutes where they were on top and they got their two goals. We defended well at certain times and managed to get that win.”
Pritchard’s has had a knack for scoring cup goals since his summer move from Maidenhead United, with this one his third in a Blackpool shirt. Awareness was key.
“I saw Joe with the ball on the right and gambled because I knew he was going to shoot. From that angle, it can always go across the box. Luckily, I just slid in at the back post,” he said.
Progression in the cup sees Blackpool now an additional round away from when the Premier League sides join the competition. Having tasted the experience of playing at The Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup, Pritchard is determined to try and sample a similar scenario, should the team be successful in round two.
“Getting to the third round is where you can potentially get another big tie like we got at Arsenal. A home tie in the second round would be nice because we’ve done a lot of travelling recently up and down the country. Hopefully we can get a win and get to the third round,” he added.