Woking 0 Accrington Stanley 3
Emirates FA Cup Second Round
4 December 2016
The Cards’ big day came and a crowd of over 3,700 heeded the cry to get behind the side but the occasion proved to be a huge anti-climax. Woking failed to make their early advantage pay against a side which looked short of confidence and ideas. The Woking defence then parted for a cross, Billy Kee diverting via a deflection. A rush of blood to the head saw Charlie Carter sent off and a second goal was conceded before half-time. That looked like ‘game over’ and so it certainly proved, with Woking offering little after the break and Accrington easing through, contenting themselves with adding one more goal.
Garry Hill started with a back five of Caprice, Saah, Yakubu, Thomas and Shaw; a midfield of Saraiva, Carter and Jones; and with Ugwu and Lewis up front. Keiran Murtagh was a surprise addition on the bench but was presumably not really fit and didn’t come on even though he was clearly sorely missed in a midfield which, Jones excepted, hardly got going.
Woking started brightly and ought to have taken the lead in the second minute when Dennon Lewis, played through with only the keeper to beat, dragged his shot wide with the goal gaping in front of him. Later on, as the game went decisively in Accrington’s favour, one couldn’t help wondering how it might have turned out if that chance had been taken.
The Cards proceeded to look the more threatening side, with Jake Caprice showing signs that, in spite of being heavily marked, he might be able to create chances for the in-form Gozie Ugwu. At the other end Hall dealt easily with a free-kick floated in and, after a bit of a scramble, Yakubu booted a cross clear.
On the quarter hour mark some concerted pressure saw Saraiva’s cross cleared before Caprice put the ball back in, Carter and then Ugwu nearly profiting.
More Woking attacking play followed as Caprice’s cross from a swift counter-attack was blocked, followed shortly by a foray down the other flank which saw Carter’s effort saved by the visiting keeper.
Accrington made their first real incision on 26 minutes, with Jordan Clark getting behind the right of the Woking defence but shooting straight at Hall. Home hopes were reinforced by calm defending from Terell Thomas – along with Jones, probably Woking’s standout performer – and some clever play by Caprice.... [ Read More