Charlie Blakemore, the Chasetown manager, said his team had enjoyed a 'magical' evening at Boundary Park but added that reality would bite for his team this morning.
The Scholars did the Midland Alliance proud with a spirited display and Blake-more confessed he would allow his team to break free of the shackles he had imposed and taste a well-deserved drink.
?I will allow the lads to have a drink now and they have been golden throughout this run,? Blakemore said.
?They have even trained at Manchester United?s training ground and felt like professionals for three or four weeks.
?However, it is back to reality this morning when they are digging up roads and fitting carpets . . . that is what it is like for our lads.
?But we won?t forget this magical moment and it will stay with us for ever. The club and community have all enjoyed every moment.
?The lads gave everything but in the last 15 minutes you could tell they were tired out. It has been a magical journey that has taken us ten games . . . a real rollercoaster of a journey.
?Don?t let anyone tell you the magic of the FA Cup is dead because for us little clubs it is alive and kicking.?
Blakemore said that the 131 places that separate these two teams on the league ladder was evident in the end.
?We contained them for an hour and played like we normally do,? he added. ?I was getting frustrated on the sideline by our defending but then I had to remember that there are seven leagues between us.
?We gave a good account of ourselves for an hour but Andy Liddell is a class act and he carved us open. Their first goal was a screamer.?