Victorious Maldon & Tiptree boss, Wayne Brown, is keeping his feet on the ground after his team of part timers saw off Leyton Orient on Sunday.
Brown said after the game: “Whilst I’m delighted, our main aim this season is to get out of this division. And we have to keep our feet on the floor, as we’ve got an FA Trophy game, this Wednesday against a team a division above us.”
The former Colchester defender added: “This is definitely my proudest moment as a manager. It doesn’t matter who we get in the next round – we were just hoping to get through. Although, we did feel as if we had a chance today.”
Brown concluded: “I just hope this win encourages a few more of the Maldon locals to come down and watch us and see what we are doing.”
Goal scorer Danny Parish said: “As you know we’re unbeaten and have scored 70 plus goals this season so, we knew we were going to score.
“We just had to make sure we defended well. I can’t give enough credit to our back-four and goalkeeper.”
Parish explained his second yellow card and subsequent dismissal: “There was contact, but as I fell I signalled to the referee that I had cramp. However, he had made his mind up to send me off.”
He concluded: “We’d like Sunderland away in the next round!”
Orient boss, Carl Fletcher paid tribute to the non-leaguers: “Congratulations and full credit to Maldon. They went into the game fully prepared. My team is still a work in progress. We had a lot of possession, but we didn’t finish off those chances.”
He admitted: “We were fully prepared and knew what a team they were. We know that we have to be better, and that we should win these games. There is a lot we need to improve on. We’re really disappointed and this [defeat] leaves us with much to do.”
Fletcher, already under fire from sections of the Orient support after this early cup exit, concluded: “In any job you do, there is pressure. It’s just part of the job.”