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Margate manager Steve Watt on 2-0 FA Cup win over Herne Bay

By Matthew Panting

Margate boss Steve Watt paid tribute to his strikeforce after reaching the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Jordan Chiedozie and Frannie Collin were pivotal figures in an improved second-half display that saw Gate end Herne Bay's hopes in an excellent Kent derby at Hartsdown Park.

Collin's corner was met by Chiedozie, who was denied by both crossbar and post before the ball went in off Bay keeper Ben Hunter.

Margate's Chris Sessegnon wins the ball from Herne Bay's Nassim Dukali to help set up their second goal. Picture: Don Walker
Margate's Chris Sessegnon wins the ball from Herne Bay's Nassim Dukali to help set up their second goal. Picture: Don Walker

Then Collin unselfishly squared for Chiedozie to tap home his sixth goal of the season.

"When you've got Jordan in your team he is going to score goals, and then you've got Frannie who has quality," said Watt.

"Frannie's unselfish, a lot of people would shoot on that second goal but he made the best choice for the team.

"Admittedly he is not scoring as much as he wants but he's still got five goals for us at this stage which is not bad, although he thinks he should have more.

"But when he puts performances like that in then he is worth his weight in gold for the club.

"We should go and win it three or four really (in the second half). We had some great opportunities."

The half-time introduction of Chris Sessegnon was for Liam Friend proved a masterstroke by Gate boss Watt, as the right-back then nullified the threat of Bay danger man Nassim Dukali.

"We weren't at it first half at all," added Watt. "But there's one thing this team seems to be able to do and that is stay in games.

"We did nothing different (in the second half). At half-time we reinforced what we said to them before the game. We wanted to press them high but for whatever reason in games it doesn't always happen.

"Players were tired from Wednesday night. I brought Sess on as I thought we needed his energy and aggressiveness in our back line.

Margate manager Steve Watt
Margate manager Steve Watt

"Friendy has played a lot of football for us, it was nothing about his performance but he looked a little bit jaded and against their best player, the left winger, someone like Sess deals with players like that with ease.

"You saw second half their biggest threat did next to nothing. it was a little tactical change and it worked for us."

Margate are into the final qualifying round of the FA Cup for the third successive season - and there is one team Watt is hoping to land in Monday's draw.

"Maidstone would be nice," said the former Stones defender. "I'm looking forward to anyone.

"When you are this close to the first round proper a winnable tie would be good. The lowest-ranked team would be nice to give yourselves a good opportunity.

"We've done well to get to this stage. It's been 15 years since the club was last in the first round and it would mean a lot to the people here and the fans."

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