Published: 08:49, 27 November 2019
| Updated: 10:20, 27 November 2019
John Still says he'd love Maidstone to have the Wembley experience.
Stones' head of football guided his team to a 1-0 FA Trophy third qualifying round replay win at Dartford on Tuesday night.
He promised to name a strong side, resisting the chance to rest players with Sunday's FA Cup tie at Blackpool in mind, and was as good as his word.
Still said: "For teams like us we play in the FA Cup to get a great game or two maybe but we play in this competition to win it.
"We’ve been fortunate, I’ve played at Wembley three times, I’ve managed there, it’s an unbelievable day and I’d love this club to experience it.
"I know it’s easy to say, and people will have half an eye on the other game, but it's our job to keep reminding them what could be possible, and we have done."
Allen is battling with Justin Amaluzor and Nana Kyei to start on the right at Blackpool and did his chances no harm with his Trophy winner.
Head coach Hakan Hayrettin said: "We're sitting there toying with who’s going to play in that position and no one’s particularly stood out for us so, being fair, John said let’s give each one of them a go, which we’re doing.
"Iffy took a chance and a scored a great goal so we're happy with that but he worked hard without the ball, which is important."
Reflecting on the replay, Still was unhappy with the behaviour of one individual in the opposition dugout.
He said: "I think there was a certain individual on their bench, I thought his behaviour was disgraceful, I do. I thought he was disgraceful.
"You’ve got to get behind your own team, you’ve got to push your own team, you’ve got to sometimes say things to referees and linesmen and fourth officials but I just thought his comments were embarrassing, I really did.
"I thought he was embarrassing but he has to live with that, we don’t."
Still praised Dartford manager Steve King's side, saying they gave everything, but it's the Stones who host Concord in the first round after Iffy Allen's second-half winner in a 1-0 victory.
Maidstone finished the game with 10 men after substitute Jonny Edwards went off injured but, having lost leads against Dartford in the league and first FA Trophy game, they got over the line this time.
"I thought Dartford as a team gave everything they had, I thought they were a credit to their club," said Still. "All the games have been proper local derbies.
"We battled hard in the second half and got a good goal.
"Other than when we had 10 men I don’t think our goalie had too much to do.
"But in the cups, as we’ve said all along, you’ve just got to win.
"We’ve come through but we played against a team that gave everything for their football club and they should be proud."
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