Luchford praises side for comeback as he looks ahead to FA Cup replay

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HORSHAM manager Justin Luchford admitted his players did well to set up what should be a thrilling FA Cup replay against Burnham on Tuesday night.

The Hornets overcame boiling hot conditions of over 30 degrees to twice come back from being a goal behind to earn a 2-2 draw in Berkshire on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Horsham twice equalised after the break from Burnham goals, through a superb strike by new signing Craig Davies on his debut and then with just five minutes to go Tony Nwachukwu netted his eighth goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Luchford said: “We’ve got to give them credit, They kept going and we got it right in the end. We didn’t look like conceding until their goals went in and their goal’s come from us making a mistake from our own throw-in.

“Both Burnham’s goals were disappointing and their second one was one of those freak goals which you can’t legislate for, I don’t know if Matt (Armstrong-Ford) could have done better because I couldn’t see from that angle, but that’s life. It happened and we plugged away and got the penalty and a draw was probably a fair result.

“The boys are bouyant, they’ve got a draw away from home and we’re still in the FA Cup!

“Craig Davies scored a great goal, he worked hard and did enough to tell me he’ll fit in and if he continues in that mould he’ll be alright for us. It’s never a bad thing to score on your debut! That’ll give him, confidence and hopefully he’ll rest up and on Tuesday he’ll get another goal.

“We played well in as much as we gave good commitment. There’s positive and negatives which came out of it but the important thing is we go again.

“The job’s half-done. We’ve taken them back home and we’re not going to complain about that.

“We’ll be on home soil on Tuesday night which they won’t want and we’ll work hard and make sure they’re on the back foot.”