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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 11:31 GMT
Chasetown dream on after Cup win
Danny Smith
Danny Smith dives in to head home Chasetown's winner
Manager Charlie Blakemore said Chasetown were in dreamland after becoming the smallest team ever to reach the FA Cup third round.

The BGB Southern Division One Midlands side stunned League One Port Vale as Danny Smith's late goal sealed a 1-0 win after Vale missed two penalties.

Blakemore told BBC Radio WM: "I am on cloud nine, 10 and 11. I am so elated I didn't sleep a wink.

"It is an incredible achievement for everyone connected with the club."

Vale captain Luke Rodgers blazed one penalty over the bar and saw the second saved by Chasetown keeper Lee Evans before Smith netted the winner with a diving header.

"You couldn't have written a better script," said Blakemore. "I looked to the sky when the second penalty was saved, thanked the Lord and thought then it was our night.

I am on cloud nine, 10 and 11. I am so elated I didn't sleep a wink

Charlie Blakemore

"There is a real sense of achievement and this will go down in the history of the FA Cup because I have been told we are the lowest ranked club ever to get to the third round."

Chasetown's victory sets up a home third round tie with Cardiff City, giving Wolves fan Blakemore the chance to pit his wits against former Molineux boss Dave Jones.

And Blakemore is determined the mouth-watering clash will be played at the Scholars Ground.

"I definitely want to play it at home," added Blakemore. "If we can play it at the Scholars Ground we should because that's where our home is.

"I can remember watching the FA Cup on Match of the Day as a kid and watching these big clubs going to play on these almost parks pitches. That is what it is all about.


"It will be a logistical issue but I really want to play in front of our own supporters and get the community there again. The whole place is buzzing."

Match winner Smith has come through the ranks at Chasetown and admitted he couldn't believe he had made history.

The student told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was the best goal I have ever scored in my life.

"I was sitting on the bench wondering if I would get on, but this was the best outcome.

"It is the best thing I have every felt in my life. People who I have never met in my life were kissing me on the lips."

To get here was a success but to win at home against Port Vale after drawing with them away is something you dream of

Danny Smith

Of his goal Smith said: "Kyle Perry broke down the left and held his defender off and I ran to the near post, which I don't normally do.

"When the cross came in I just dived forward and connected as best I could and it went into the back of the net. The rest was a bit of a blur."

The 20-year-old said he was looking forward to coming face-to-face with boyhood hero Robbie Fowler.

"It means everything to the club," he added. "To get here was a success but to win at home against Port Vale after drawing with them away is something you dream of.

"To be playing against Robbie Fowler, who was my hero, and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink in the next round will be amazing."

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