Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March admits he was taken by complete surprise as his stoppage-time free kick set the side on their way to a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Millwall.
March highlighted the stroke of luck behind his goal that wiped out Millwall’s lead, and reflected on a crazy day at The Den, which saw Albion book their place in the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.
He said, “It was a fortunate goal. My first thought was that it was over-hit and I thought, ‘that’s it, game over’, then I looked up and it was in the net!
“I didn’t know what happened at first, but you take a last-minute equaliser however it comes, and in the end we probably should’ve won in extra time. It was a tough game, they made it hard, but to go through on penalties makes it even more memorable.
“The gaffer expected me to go on and make something happen. There was nothing to lose and I had to try and create things and try to turn the game around. In the end, Jurgen [Locadia] scored and I did too, so it worked out well.”
March successfully converted his penalty as Albion won the shoot-out 5-4 after sudden death, and the winger stressed the importance of holding his nerve from 12 yards.
“I stuck to where I wanted to put the ball, and that’s where it went. I just picked a spot and went for it.
“You don’t want to think about it too much, you just have to pick your spot and aim for it. If the keeper saves it, then so be it. That was my attitude going into it.”
Albion will face Manchester City in the semi-finals on Saturday 6th April, and March says the side can take confidence from Swansea City’s performance against them in the previous round.
“Watching the Swansea game, you saw how hard they made it for City and we’ve got to go there and work hard. We’re confident we can get a couple of chances, and if we can take them, then anything can happen.
“There will be a 50-50 crowd, it’s a big day out and everyone is going to be up for it. It’s something to look forward to at the start of April.
“Everyone will aim to have as many friends and family there as possible. It will be an exciting day and hopefully we can make it a memorable one.”