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Poole Town: Killick hails FA Cup win 'one of our best performances'
Dolphins defied the first-half dismissal of Dan Cann to cruise past the Crusaders with a dominant second-half display to scoop the £7,500 prize pot and secure a place in today’s fourth qualifying round draw.
The 10 men added to Jon Davies’s sixth-minute opener when man-of-the-match Marvin Brooks doubled their advantage with 19 minutes to play to leave Poole just one victory from featuring in the competition proper for the first time in 30 years.
And while Killick was frustrated by having to change his game plan after captain Cann had been sent off on the stroke of half time, the overall performance left the Dolphins manager purring at the final whistle.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “I thought that Dan’s first booking was harsh. In my mind, both players were pushing and shoving and I don’t see how one player could have more blame attributed to him than the other.
“But you can’t do anything to put yourself in jeopardy from that point and with the reaction from their bench being so close to the referee’s assistant, that danger was always there.
“I don’t want to dwell on that too much, though. It was all about the remaining 10 players and how they performed.
“They (Hungerford) launched a few balls into the box but did not create chances or cut us open and that was testament to the desire and physical effort put in by the players.
“I am the first to criticise the team when they don’t reach the levels we expect of them but I couldn’t find fault with that display. It was a monumental effort which filled me with immense pride and was one of the best performances since I have been here.”
Killick continued: “Red cards affect matches in different ways and, by their own admission, I think Hungerford would accept they did not react well, while it had a galvanising effect on us. We gave that little bit more.
“It was a shame we had to dog it out to a degree because our attacking play with 11 men was very good.
“We looked a threat and were quite comfortable and resilient at the back.”
Meanwhile, Killick said he would prefer one of the competition’s lesser lights in today’s draw which is being broadcast live at 10.30am.
Poole could pull a trip to one of the Conference big boys such as Luton Town or Barnet’s impressive new Beehive home, but Killick is eyeing a bigger prize with lower-league opposition in Shortwood United and Brislington still in the hat.
He added: “We would prefer one of the so-called weaker sides to give us the best possible chance, on paper, of progressing.
“Failing that, a big Conference club like Luton would be appealing but, regardless of the draw, we hope to seize the moment.”
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