McGuire’s magic moment

Fleetwood Town's Jamie McGuire celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup Second Round Replay at Huish Park, Yeovil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 13, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Yeovil. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Fleetwood Town's Jamie McGuire celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup Second Round Replay at Huish Park, Yeovil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 13, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Yeovil. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

THE reality is still still sinking in for Fleetwood midfielder Jamie McGuire after his goal at Yeovil on Tuesday set Town on their way to clinching a place in the third round of the FA Cup and the dream derby against Blackpool

And it is no surprise that the goalscorer ranks the Huish Park replay victory among his finest nights in football.

“It’s definitely right up there – what an amazing night!” said the 28-year-old.

“I thought we footballed them to death in the first half and closed them down well.

“We got a bit sloppy at times in the second but battled and managed to keep our shape and come through the tie. The atmosphere in the changing room after the game was fantastic. They were some of the best scenes that I’ve experienced.’

“We’ve always got a chance with the talent in our squad but to defeat another League One side, and one who has been on a run recently, is brilliant (Yeovil had climbed off the bottom with a four-match unbeaten run and had won their last two League One matches 1-0). CLICK HERE FOR OUR GALLERY OF TOWN’S AWAY WIN AT YEOVIL.

McGuire’s first-half goal was perfectly timed. He recalled: “Peter Cavanagh made a little run and I got some space to take PeterTill’s pass. I managed to strike it through the guy’s legs and in at the far post”

The midfielder paid tribute to the Cod Army who swamped him after his goal:

“It was manic at that end. They all deserve their night after such a long journey and they never stopped singing. They are always behind us and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

McGuire and his team-mates have enjoyed their post-match celebrations but he insists it is down to business again now:

“We stayed overnight in the Yeovil area after the game so we could refresh and take it all in, but we’re back in training on Thursday and on the road again on Friday for yet another big game at Newport.

“We’ll be looking to carry on our good away form, and this result at Yeovil will increase the confidence that is already around the squad.”

Interview by

DAVID MITCHELL