Woking provided one of the shocks of the second round by dispatching League Two side Swindon in the FA Cup, but it was the Robins team selection that spurred them on.
Woking are perhaps best known for knocking West Brom out 402 many years ago, but this weekend they added another scalp to their collection, with Ritchie Wellens side beaten at the County Ground.
Jake Hyde headed home Josh Casey’s cross in the second half to ensure the National League South side made it to the third round, but midfielder Casey revealed that Swindon’s decision to field a weakened side spurred the Cards on to victory.
“We thought we could get a result and then when we saw their team sheet it kind of annoyed us a little bit,” 27-year-old Casey told BBC Surrey.
“It wasn’t their strongest team and it gave us extra motivation.”
Woking are in the third round for the first time in 22 years, but Swindon could have been in the draw had they given the tie the respect it deserved. The cash prize for clubs in the second round is £60,000, money not to be sniffed at.
Casey revealed that was a prime motivation behind the win.
“Any club at this level needs the extra money the FA Cup generates so any Premier League team away from home would be a dream.”
It was a nice moment for Jake Hyde too, the hero of the hour started out at Swindon, but was released without making an appearance. He’s since appeared for Barnet, Dunfermline, Dundee, York and Stevenage before settling at the Kingfield Stadium.
It is baffling that a League Two side would forfeit a possible third round tie in the way Swindon did. They might have believed their weakened side was good enough, but Woking are second in the National League South and clearly have the wind in their sails.
Alan Dowson is doing a superb job there and the squad he has available are all able footballers. Swindon’s elimination is entirely of their own doing and whilst they may well say they’re concentrating on the league, this is a serious miscalculation on the part of the manager.
Imagine the furore if Woking draw Arsenal at home, or Manchester United away this evening.