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Player reaction to FA Cup win

6 January 2019

Goal hero Billy Kee was pleased a prediction came right as Stanley beat Championship side Ipswich in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round.

Kee headed home in the 76th minute with Stanley now poised for the Fourth Round draw which will take place after Wolves play Liverpool on Monday night. The Reds are ball number 14.

It came on a busy day at the Wham Stadium, with Stanley featured on Football Focus prior to the game yesterday.

"I was watching Football Focus before I came to the ground and I saw the young lad predict '1-0, Billy Kee' and I thought 'Oh I stand a chance then!'" smiled the striker.

"It was brilliant from the lads though, we worked hard against a Championship team and we have done a job.

"I have made a living out of acting on instinct, I just want to keep scoring goals at any level I play at. That's only my third FA Cup goal so it's nice to say to my kids I have scored in the competition.

"I don't mind who we get - I know some of the lads want Liverpool away and some want Everton away so it would be nice for them and the money would be massive for the club."

Man of the Match Ross Sykes knows who he wants.

"Newcastle away. I have always dreamed of playing at St James' Park so that's the draw I want."

Goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who denied Freddie Sears an equaliser, said: "I think we deserved the win, we were the better side and Billy got the goal and we were delighted to keep a clean sheet.

"Billy doesn't score screamers, they are tap-ins or penalties, but they all count.

"The FA Cup is special and that win was important for our confidence as well as the finances. Hopefully we will get a big team in the next round."

Youth team player Harry Perritt, 17, was on the bench for the first time. The Tarleton-born player, who has played all over for the youth team, on the wing and in defence, has been with the Reds for eight years.

"I was buzzing when I got told, I couldn't believe it, it was just being involved and being in the changing rooms. My dad wanted a picture of me with my shirt! It was a dream come true."


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