Shaun Jeffers dramatically ensured an Emirates FA Cup third-round replay for Yeovil Town against Carlisle United on Sunday and admits he is now dreaming of another clash with Manchester United.
Yeovil, who last year lost to United 2-0 in the Cup third round, currently sit second-bottom of League Two and found themselves 2-1 down to their divisional rivals with 92 minutes played at Bloomfield Road, where the match was held due to flood damage at Carlisle’s Brunton Park.
The Emirates FA Cup
Sunday 20 January 2016
Winning sides receive £67,500 from The FA prize fund
But Jeffers fired into the bottom corner from 18 yards to secure a 2-2 draw which means both teams will be in the hat for Monday’s fourth round draw, with their replay set for Tuesday 19 January.
Carlisle skipper Danny Grainger’s 25th-minute deflected free-kick put his side in front but Francois Zoko nodded home Darren Ward’s cross to equalise before Mark Ellis scored a header of his own from six yards for the Cumbrian side.
Emirates FA Cup highlights: Carlisle United 2-2 Yeovil Town
However, Jeffers popped up to level proceedings once again and the 23-year-old believes it was their heart that got the Glovers out of a jam
“I think we showed good character as team after going behind twice in the game and we always keep fighting until the end,” said Jeffers.
“The manager [Darren Way] has been a big influence and the players have got so much respect for him.
“It is good that we have got ourselves in the hat for the draw. We want a big team because that would be a great experience.
“I'm a [Manchester] United fan so that would be brilliant, but whatever team it is we will go out and try and win the game.”
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury also booked their place in the fourth round as they caused something of an upset to beat Championship Cardiff City 1-0.
The Shrews belied their place towards the bottom of League One as Andy Mangan, making his second debut for the club, headed home Scott Vernon’s inswinging cross at the back post after an hour.
Sammy Ameobi had hit the post for Cardiff before the break and although Federico Macheda and Stuart O’Keefe both missed chances to level proceedings, the lower league outfit were good value for the win.
Ian Black almost put an exclamation mark on the win at the death, only to see his shot hit the post, and Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon is adamant the triumph was no less than his troops deserved.
“It was a thoroughly terrific performance,” said Mellon. “There’s a lot of character in that group and the fans deserved that result.”
Emirates FA Cup highlights: Cardiff City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town