Parker delighted to return for Spartans’ big FA Cup win

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade applauds the travelling Green Army after the 4-3 FA Cup win over Leek Town. Picture by John Hague
Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade applauds the travelling Green Army after the 4-3 FA Cup win over Leek Town. Picture by John Hague
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It has been a tough few months for Blyth Spartans defender Danny Parker.

A horrific facial injury suffered in August saw him expected to be ruled out until January.

However, he returned for the FA Cup clash with Leek Town and played his part in a wonderful win for Spartans.

But a poor first half had Parker admitting things were “psychologically hard” as they came in at half-time facing a two goal deficit.

“It’s great to be back and to come back into that game is incredible,” he said.

“We came here with belief that we could win. We were abysmal in the first half and it was psychologically hard to fight back.

“We were given a hammering at half-time, and rightly so.

“It’s great to get through and we just about deserved it after a brilliant second half.”

Strong words were said in the Spartans dressing room by managerial team Tom Wade and Colin Myers, something Parker felt was more than justified.

However, he paid credit to the duo as they oversaw a change of emphasis that inspired a remarkable fightback.

“I can’t say many of the words that were said at half-time,” added Parker.

“We were reminded what we had been told in the analysis we had done on Leek at training on Thursday.

“We changed the way we played and we attacked down the wings, that won us the game.”

A penalty in the sixth minute of injury time saw the hosts given a golden chance to take the tie to a replay, only for Andrew Kinsey to fire over with Parker already moving his focus to a replay.

Parker said: “I was thinking of the replay but I was still confident.

“You don’t like saying it because the lad has missed, but it was relief and I’ve never experience anything better.”