FA Cup: Woking boss Anthony Limbrick is confident ahead of Tuesday’s replay against Peterborough
Woking more than held their own against League One Peterborough last Sunday in the second round clash at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, coming from behind to take a much-deserved 1-1 draw.
Many felt the National League side’s performance warranted victory, including Limbrick, assistant manager Jason Goodliffe and the players involved on the day.
“Yeah we were a little bit disappointed but really pleased with the performance and the effort that the players showed and how they delivered,” Limbrick told Express Sport.
“I thought we were the dominant team from start to finish and really deserved to win.
“Part of us in the changing room after the game was quite disappointed, myself and Jason Goodliffe had to pick the players up because it felt like we lost the game, the players were very disappointed.
“But looking back on it, seeing the performance, you can’t ask for more than that. We pressed them from the front, we really went for them early and passed the ball really well in one of our better performances.
“So we can’t ask for more than that and thought we could have even stolen a winner towards the end.”
Limbrick admits his side may have missed their best chance of reaching the third round for the first time in 21 years after failing to make their dominance pay at home.
However, a 1-1 draw was the same result Woking got against Bury in the first round, before travelling up to Gigg Lane and coming away with a comprehensive 3-0 win.
“Possibly it was a missed opportunity, somebody said that after the Bury game, we drew 1-1 with Bury,” Limbrick added.
FA Cup: Peterborough were held to a 1-1 draw by National League Woking in their second round clash
“We were probably just the better team in the first game against Bury, we weren’t as dominant as the Peterborough game. But people said to me that might be a missed opportunity as well and we went up and beat them.
“So I think we’ve definitely got an opportunity, it will be tough away from home, they are a very good side Peterborough, with good attacking players. They’ll not want to let happen what happened at our home when they’re at home.
“The Bury result does give the team the confidence, especially after going up there and keeping a clean sheet but also scoring three good goals and implementing a game plan that the players really put into practice.
“It does give us confidence going up there, we’ll be ready and raring to go for that game.
“I think it will be a very different game and a very tough game, so hopefully we haven’t missed the opportunity.”
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The Bury result does give the team the confidence, especially after going up there and keeping a clean sheet
Woking’s National League game against Gateshead on Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch, meaning they have only played once since last Sunday’s clash.
That was in the Surrey Senior Cup where Limbrick rotated his team, fielding a number of academy players, and saw them crash out 3-1 to Bostik League South side Chipstead, three tiers below the Cards.
Peterborough on the other hand have played twice, fielding a strong team in their 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Southend, before going down 3-2 to high-flying Blackburn on Saturday.
So will the extra few days of rest help the Woking side going into the replay? Limbrick is certainly hoping so.
“Well I thought physically we looked very good in the first game, we looked sharp and lively, we had energy about us and that kept going throughout the game and we were the team that probably looked stronger,” the Australian said.
“They had a midweek game this week, they had a tough game against Blackburn who are around the top of the table. It might catch them not being quite as sharp but all in all the pressure’s on them in this game, not us.
“No one expects us to go up there and get a result so I think all the pressure will be on them and they’ll be expecting to beat us and beat us well at home.”
Woking will be without key midfielder Chez Isaac due to suspension, a one-match ban he would have served if the Gateshead clash went ahead.
But centre-back Josh Staunton, who has not played a league game since October, returned from injury against Chipstead and could feature in the replay, as could captain Richard Orlu, who missed the first game due to suspension.
Another player who will be available is loanee Regan Charles-Cook, who was recalled by Charlton last week for The Addicks’ Checkatrade Trophy win over Swansea under-21s, but returned to the Cards.
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Limbrick is hoping the attacking midfielder, who has scored six goals this season including two in the FA Cup run so far, can stay at the club for the rest of the season.
“With Charlton we knew they always had the option to recall their player after the 28 days,” Limbrick said of the 20-year-old.
“We’ve got him until January on loan so we wanted to help Charlton and we have to allow them to take him back, but they were good to lend him back to us until that January period.
“We’d like to keep him for later in the season of course but that will be a conversation we will have with Charlton moving forward. They’ve been good to us and he will be back in playing this week.”
A trip to Championship side Aston Villa awaits the winner of Tuesday’s replay, a fixture Limbrick would relish.
FA Cup: Aston Villa await the winners of Peterborough vs Woking this Tuesday
“Yeah it would be nice, I think Aston Villa are a very big club,” the former West Ham and Southampton academy coach added.
“They’ve got a great history and probably too big to be in the Championship really, they’re probably more like a Premier League club. Great stadium, good fans, I think they’ll get a lot at that game compared to some of the other ties that you could have got.
“So it’s a little carrot you could say for our players that if they do get through that Peterborough game they know they can have a game at Villa Park. I think it’s a great draw for us and one we will be looking forward to if and when we can beat Peterborough next Tuesday.”
A good omen for Woking is their only ever previous third round win was over another side from the Midlands; West Brom in 1991.
But they must beat Grant McCann’s Peterborough on Tuesday first, who surely will play better than they did nine days ago.