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2 December 2017 : Darren Way: Port Vale Draw Evokes Memories Of Accrington Cup Tie
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way compared this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Vale Park, with the club's 2014-15 result against Accrington Stanley at the same stage of the competition three years ago. The Glovers were somewhat fortuitious to still be in the hat, needing an 89th minute equalising goal from Jordan Green to send them back home with the prospect of a replay, but with that giving them a similar scenario to the one that ultimately saw them play Manchester United in an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 2015.

Back in 2014, it was actually Accrington that forced the equalising goal at the Crown Ground, only for the Lancashire side to fall in the Second Round replay. On this occasion, it was the Glovers that rescued the tie, after Tom Pope had given the Valiants the lead. Despite his side remaining behind up until the penultimate minute, Way claimed that there was only going to be one side that won the match, in the way his side finished the game:

"I think it was very important in the way we finished the game. I think that towards the end, there was only going to be one winner. For Jordan to take his goal, the players are absolutely over the moon. So to be in the hat, we've been in this situation before where we played Accrington away, and we thought that perhaps it could have been a disappointing result, and then we had the Man United tie. So we'll wait and see who we get."

Like Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group game against Plymouth Argyle, it was two substitutes that helped fashion the equaliser. New signing Oscar Gobern put the vital cross into the box, and after Vale failed to clear their lines, it was Jordan Green that got the final touch to keep Yeovil Town in the FA Cup for another day. Way unsurprisingly highlighted those two substitutes for their role:

"I thought the substitutions made a real impact. I thought Oscar came on and affected the game, and with Jordan Green, say no more. So I'm really pleased for the players, because the players have been showing real commitment. We're working extremely hard behind the scenes, and that was the just rewards. I would say that one or two passes were a little bit anxious and a little bit nervy. But that's football, and some of my players grew in confidence as the game went on, and again the fighting spirit and never giving up, and certainly with the consequences and what's on the end of it."

Overall, the home side created the greater number of chances, with Tom Pope scoring his fourth goal against Yeovil Town in four matches, to give the Valiants a deserved lead. At times, the match seemed to be slipping away from Yeovil, but Way said he wasn't disappointed with his side's performance, even if he was frustrated that Pope's goal was a carbon copy of the one he scored in the September League Two match at Huish Park:

"We could be disappointed, but it's away from home. To come away, we were disappointed with the goal, as the goal was exactly the same was what they scored at home (at Huish Park). Exactly the same. So it's not like we've not worked on that. So that was disappointing to draw again away from home. For the players to put in that fighting spirit towards the end, the players deserved that."


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