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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Column 16 - Celebrate win with punch in the mouth!

THE board goes up with four minutes to go and I’m thinking to myself: ‘This is going to be a long night and it really could go to penalties’.

The ball then gets played up to Boyesy (Adam Boyes) and through a crowd of bodies to Garry Hunter, who is standing on the edge of the box.

As the ball rolls to him he hits it first time and it rockets into the top corner of the goal.

The stadium erupts and the 1,400-plus spectators in the ground sound like a crowd of 10,000.

Players and staff on the bench go crazy and run onto the pitch as Garry sprints off in celebration. James Owen, running full pelt to join in, then punches me in the mouth by accident. It’s chaos.

That was the moment we beat Guiseley 1-0 in stoppage-time in the FA Cup first round replay at Holker Street on Tuesday night – a minute or so of my life I’ll never forget.

The buzz in the changing room after the game was brilliant. Only in the FA Cup can you get such a special feeling.

We will now play Macclesfield, one of my old clubs, at home in the second round. But that has to be put on the back burner as we need to concentrate on the real bread and butter of the league.

The FA Cup win has given us all a lift after two league defeats and we know we need to get back the form that saw us go six games unbeaten during October.

Tomorrow’s home game against title contenders Forest Green Rovers will be one of the toughest so far this season.

Forest Green’s backer has pumped lots of money into the team, a bit like what happened at Fleetwood last season, so we know we will be up against it.

Hopefully we can carry on the momentum from Tuesday night and give them a right run for their money.

The attendances at Holker Street have been picking up a little recently, which is good to see. The money from our cup run will also do the club favours.

Hopefully we can keep improving those attendance figures with a good run of form.

It’s a shame that winger Danny Rowe will be out for a few weeks with a broken toe.

He said it was sore during half-time of last Saturday’s game against Lincoln but we just told him to stop being a wimp!

Poor lad, you could see after the game how swollen and bent his toe actually was.

If we can get a result tomorrow and keep another clean sheet it would cap off a great week.

Please, as always, show your support. Keep the faith and don’t stop believing.

Come on you Bluebirds!

MATT FLYNN

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