Cherries: Goal hero O'Kane plots an FA Cup shock

GOAL hero Eunan O’Kane is confident Cherries can still produce an FA Cup shock and insists: “We are not scared of anyone.”

The midfielder was in bullish mood ahead of Cherries’ replay with Wigan Athletic after his fine strike had earned a 1-1 draw at DW Stadium.

Cherries were denied an impressive third round victory when Jordi Gomez hit a 70th-minute equaliser to cancel out O’Kane’s first-half opener.

Eddie Howe’s men, unbeaten in 17 games since his return, will welcome the Latics to Dean Court on January 15, subject to potential TV coverage.

And O’Kane says the Dorset outfit’s performance on Saturday has given them reason to be optimistic for the re-run against the Premier League club.

He told the Daily Echo: “After the performance we gave, you have got to fancy our chances.

“I don’t think Dean Court is a very nice place for a Premier League side to have to come. We can, hopefully, make things as difficult as we possibly can for them.

“They are going to have to come down there and give a very good account of themselves to walk away with a win.

“At the minute, everyone is very confident and we are not scared of anyone so you can throw whoever you want at us.”

Wigan twice rattled the crossbar in the second half but Cherries, who felt they should have been awarded a penalty for a challenge on Marc Pugh, came close to a winner through Josh McQuoid, Harry Arter and Steve Cook.

“We did very well,” said O’Kane. “The manager said to us during the week that he didn’t want us to come here and just park the bus. He said, at times, we were going to have our backs against the wall at a Premier League club.

“But, at times, we showed that we can play football and that we weren’t scared to come here and do it.

“We managed to get ourselves up the pitch and it wasn’t by lumping it – it was very controlled at times. I think everyone involved in the club has got to take huge confidence from that. Hopefully, we can do that in our league games and pick up a lot more points.”

O’Kane, who ranked his goal in the “top two or three” of his career, added: “You could probably tell me more about it!

“I just remember it dropping down and Harry Arter putting me in. The guy was coming to close me down and I think I let in run across my body and I just threw my left foot at it. Thankfully, it ended up in the back of the net.

“I am quite happy to use my left foot but that is on a very short list of goals scored with my left foot from outside the box.”

Cherries will visit Macclesfield in the fourth round if they beat Wigan.

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7:40am Mon 7 Jan 13

eaststandman says...

It was a great day day out for all of us who made the journey. I was amazed at the turnout. 10 hours of travelling was worth it.

I see that the tv coverage is very careful not to show that we had more fans there than Wigan - also careful not to show the blatant penalty against Pugh.
It was a great day day out for all of us who made the journey. I was amazed at the turnout. 10 hours of travelling was worth it. I see that the tv coverage is very careful not to show that we had more fans there than Wigan - also careful not to show the blatant penalty against Pugh. eaststandman

7:57am Mon 7 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

eaststandman wrote:
It was a great day day out for all of us who made the journey. I was amazed at the turnout. 10 hours of travelling was worth it. I see that the tv coverage is very careful not to show that we had more fans there than Wigan - also careful not to show the blatant penalty against Pugh.
A great day out it was indeed and valid comments!

Now onwards and up the football league we go!!!
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: It was a great day day out for all of us who made the journey. I was amazed at the turnout. 10 hours of travelling was worth it. I see that the tv coverage is very careful not to show that we had more fans there than Wigan - also careful not to show the blatant penalty against Pugh.[/p][/quote]A great day out it was indeed and valid comments! Now onwards and up the football league we go!!! TedMacsCherryPants

9:06am Mon 7 Jan 13

wookj1 says...

13 of us are due to meet for lunch at the ground, and watch the Crewe game (on 26th) afterwards to celebrate Brother in laws 60th birthday.
Mixed feelings about the 4th round draw therefore, (wish it could have been a home tie), but great performance on saturday, and the whole squad deserve great credit. Well done all.
13 of us are due to meet for lunch at the ground, and watch the Crewe game (on 26th) afterwards to celebrate Brother in laws 60th birthday. Mixed feelings about the 4th round draw therefore, (wish it could have been a home tie), but great performance on saturday, and the whole squad deserve great credit. Well done all. wookj1

9:11am Mon 7 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

We don't have a great deal to lose in the Cup and the players can relax and play their football, so nothing to fear. Wigan will I am sure put a stronger team out against us next time, but we have every chance. I, for one ,am rather more concerned about the five games in a fortnight, none of them easy that are coming up and will be a major test of both our Squad and Management. Whilst I have every confidence in them, we will need a bit of luck and escape injuries to come through unscathed. So the best of luck this January, we may need some.
We don't have a great deal to lose in the Cup and the players can relax and play their football, so nothing to fear. Wigan will I am sure put a stronger team out against us next time, but we have every chance. I, for one ,am rather more concerned about the five games in a fortnight, none of them easy that are coming up and will be a major test of both our Squad and Management. Whilst I have every confidence in them, we will need a bit of luck and escape injuries to come through unscathed. So the best of luck this January, we may need some. Square Old Codger

4:38pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Dont have short memorys says...

I keep reading about how Wigan put a weakened team out against us but it seems to have gone unnoticed that we played our reserve Goalkeeper and were without our top goalscorer it just shows that this is the best squad that we have had for a long time
I keep reading about how Wigan put a weakened team out against us but it seems to have gone unnoticed that we played our reserve Goalkeeper and were without our top goalscorer it just shows that this is the best squad that we have had for a long time Dont have short memorys

5:49pm Mon 7 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters.

I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!!
Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters. I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!! nonnogeppetto

6:35pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Hillsy78 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters. I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!!
Interesting to hear this, when I was queueing up to get into Brentford last week the chap in front of me wanted a seat - he was told they were sold out but they suggested he sat in the Home end, so he left the queue and went off towards the home end.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters. I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!![/p][/quote]Interesting to hear this, when I was queueing up to get into Brentford last week the chap in front of me wanted a seat - he was told they were sold out but they suggested he sat in the Home end, so he left the queue and went off towards the home end. Hillsy78

6:48pm Mon 7 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Hillsy78 wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote: Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters. I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!!
Interesting to hear this, when I was queueing up to get into Brentford last week the chap in front of me wanted a seat - he was told they were sold out but they suggested he sat in the Home end, so he left the queue and went off towards the home end.
When we thumped the Os 5-1 (or was it 5-0) some years back I had my son and couple of his friends who were Orient supporters we sat in the main stand and there was no problems.

In fact prior to the game the two friends came to us for lunch. I suppose if the guy had kept stum he would have got his tickets and no questions asked!! Honesty doesn't always pay
[quote][p][bold]Hillsy78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Totally unrelated to this article! Today I went to check if the tickets for the replay were available whilst I was waiting to be served the guy in front of me asked if they were available and was told that they were not so he proceeded to ask for two tickets for the Swindon game he said to the girl serving him that he was an AFCB supporter and he wanted to bring his wife who is a Swindon supporter. I was somewhat surprised to hear the girl say that he could only have one ticket because now that he had told her that his wife was a Swindon supporter she could not sit with the home supporters. I have to say that that I would doubt if his wife was such a fervent Swindon supporter that she would cause any problems by sitting next to her husband an AFCB supporter. I guess rules are rules!!!![/p][/quote]Interesting to hear this, when I was queueing up to get into Brentford last week the chap in front of me wanted a seat - he was told they were sold out but they suggested he sat in the Home end, so he left the queue and went off towards the home end.[/p][/quote]When we thumped the Os 5-1 (or was it 5-0) some years back I had my son and couple of his friends who were Orient supporters we sat in the main stand and there was no problems. In fact prior to the game the two friends came to us for lunch. I suppose if the guy had kept stum he would have got his tickets and no questions asked!! Honesty doesn't always pay nonnogeppetto

7:38pm Mon 7 Jan 13

scottie190 says...

As the Pugh incident was of great relevance to the game I thought that they 'might' mention it which makes you wonder why, did it prove Marc did not dive as suggested. We can look forward to the replay knowing athough it will be a hard game we have nothing to fear. I for one was very happy with my day up north. Bring on Swindon lets shut De Canio up.
UTCIAD
As the Pugh incident was of great relevance to the game I thought that they 'might' mention it which makes you wonder why, did it prove Marc did not dive as suggested. We can look forward to the replay knowing athough it will be a hard game we have nothing to fear. I for one was very happy with my day up north. Bring on Swindon lets shut De Canio up. UTCIAD scottie190

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