FA Cup: Wilkin full of praise despite Saints’ exit

Saints manager Kevin Wilkin looks on at Bloomfield Road. Photo: James Williamson Camera Sport

Saints manager Kevin Wilkin looks on at Bloomfield Road. Photo: James Williamson Camera Sport

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Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin paid tribute to his players - and the club’s supporters - following his side’s Emirates FA Cup exit at Blackpool.

A solitary first half goal from Jamille Matt settled Saturday’s second round tie in favour of the League Two outfit at Bloomfield Road.

The lads put on a good show and the fans came out in numbers to support us

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

It was not the stirring cup tie of high drama and excitement of the two games against Gillingham in the previous round. Instead, a small and subdued home crowd left it to Saints’ 400 travelling supporters to make all the noise.

Blackpool took an early lead through Matt and they hung onto till the end rarely threatening further goals and defending deep and in numbers to stifle the visitors. The 8-2 corner count to the visitors told the story but Matt’s finish sent the Tangerines through to the next round

Wilkin said: “The lads put on a good show and the fans came out in numbers to support us. We are disappointed not to have got a replay because we deserved something but the players acquitted themselves well.

“We couldn’t give any more and gave a good account of ourselves. Good luck to Blackpool in the next round.

“It was hard to break them down, we didn’t get around the back and work the keeper enough. Blackpool had done their homework and made life hard for us.

“But the players stayed composed and we gave a strong account of ourselves. Going behind so early made things difficult but we pulled ourselves together.

“We showed quality on the ball. Everybody had a fantastic game and I am proud of them.

“It was great to get so many supporters here and I hope they will continue to come to games to support the team through the rest of the season as we focus now on the FA Trophy and the Vanarama National League.”