FA Cup: Rasulo is spot-on to earn Puritans a replay
The Puritans earned a replay with a 1-1 draw following Saturday’s first qualifying round tie at Weymouth.
Giorgio Rasulo’s second half penalty cancelled out Josh McQuoid’s first half opener but it still took a late save from James Goff to keep out Brandon Goodship’s spot-kick to earn United a replay on Tuesday at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.
Ford said: “I would have taken a draw before the game but we must not think the job is done. I’m expecting it to be more difficult on Tuesday night because we’ll up against a team which has had to travel a long way and they will want to have a right go.
“We should have won the game, we created some great opportunities but didn’t take them. That’s something which has been happening in all our games so far this season.
“Their goal was an absolute disaster but in the second half especially we were on the front foot. It was a lovely penalty from Giorgio [Rasulo] under a lot of pressure.
“Their penalty never was in a million years but it was a great save from James Goff and that means we’re in the draw on Monday. The draw could focus the players’ minds even more but we have to see this as an excellent opportunity to get into the next round.”