Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle
DAVID DOWSON admits the goal that earned Durham City an FA Trophy second qualifying round replay at FC United of Manchester on Wednesday was a fluke.
But the former Sunderland starlet insists another stab at the Evo Stik Premier outfit is the least his side deserves.
Though City trailed to Mike Norton’s 45th-minute goal at New Ferens Park on Saturday, they struck back through Dowson’s intended cross.
And though unfortunate not to claim victory with a string of late chances, Dowson believes Durham go to Gigg Lane in midweek full of confidence.
“I thought we were very unlucky, we had enough chances to win it,” Dowson said.
“Their keeper made a couple of good saves and we had a couple cleared off the line, and overall I think we gave a good account of ourselves.
“In a way, we’re disappointed. But we feel we’ve done ourselves justice.
“We’re coming off the back of a good few wins, confidence is high and I think that showed in our performance.
“They’re from the league above us, so we take encouragement from that. We knew they were going to be a challenge, we showed them respect but not too much.
“We just felt that if we went out and gave it a right good go, we fancied our chances.”
On his goal – a right-wing cross that looped over FC United keeper James Spencer – Dowson added: “I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a cross.
“It came off the side of my foot and ended up in the net, so happy days. They all count.”