Cherries: Fletcher's pride despite penalties agony

19 May 2011 12:37
LEGEND Steve Fletcher spoke of his incredible pride after Cherries' promotion dream was ended on penalties at Huddersfield.[LNB] Assistant boss Fletcher watched his charges twice come from behind at the Galpharm Stadium before bowing out 4-2 on spot-kicks.[LNB] Lee Peltier put the hosts in front before Steve Lovell equalised from the penalty spot after Adam Smith had been brought down by Peter Clarke.[LNB] Danny Ward, though, restored the Terriers' lead just two minutes after Lovell's penalty.[LNB] Lovell then equalised for a second time with a finely-taken effort just after the hour to force extra-time.[LNB] Danny Ings headed Cherries into the lead for the first time in the first period of extra-time, only for Antony Kay to make it 3-3 moments later.[LNB] Jason Pearce was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Kevin Kilbane, before Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson both missed their shoot-out kicks.[LNB] An emotional Fletcher, who shed tears after the Terriers' triumph, said: "The first thing that comes to mind is pride. I'm so proud of what we have done as a team and where we have come from.[LNB] "Going back two-and-a-half years when I came back to the club, what the majority of those boys have been through is more than you usually get in a whole career.[LNB] "Proud is the only word I can use to describe how I feel, but I'm absolutely deflated.[LNB] "The one thing missing off my CV is playing in the Championship and I thought this was going to be it. I kept looking up to the Gods and praying, but it just wasn't to be.[LNB] "I have watched many play-off semi-finals on TV and thought how awful it must feel to lose on penalties, but it doesn't prepare you for actually being involved in it.[LNB] "You can multiply by a thousand how awful it is, but I thought our boys were magnificent - I really did."[LNB] FULL MATCH REPORT IN TOMORROW'S ECHO WITH EXTENDED REACTION IN FRIDAY'S EDITION...[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo