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Cup hero Jake set to stay with Magpies
FA Cup hero Jake Gosling is to stay with the Magpies for another month.
The Exeter City loanee grabbed the winner against Plymouth Argyle on Sunday and Phil Simkin is delighted to have retained his services.
The Dorchester Town boss told Echosport: “I have just spoken to Steve Perryman and they are going to let us keep Jake for another month which is fantastic.
“Plymouth just couldn’t deal with him on Sunday and the fact he is staying on with us for a while longer is very pleasing indeed.”
Simkin is still very much coming to terms with the magnitude of last weekend’s victory, which has set up a second round tie at either Luton or Nuneaton.
He added: “I just feel tired at the moment. I hardly got any sleep on Sunday night because I kept waking up every hour or so going over it all in my head.
“When I look back at the game as a whole I just feel so pleased about the way we played and I think it shocked a lot of people including Peter Reid and Martin Keown.
“I don’t think they thought a side at our level could actually do that and such praise was nice to hear.
“The players did not shock me though and I am just glad they put it together on the night because the last thing I wanted was for us to be embarrassed.”
Simkin has also had another look at Conor Hourihane’s controversial sending off for Plymouth and reckons the midfielder may have got what he deserved.
He said: “When you look again at the tackle that led to the first booking he could have gone for that, and that may well have been in the referee’s mind when it came to the free-kick incident.
“It really was a nasty challenge and perhaps on reflection he got what he deserved.”
Turning his attentions back to his side’s performance, Simkin went on to say: “Some of the individual displays on the night were fantastic.
“Nathan Walker and Charlie Clough in particular were massive but you could go through the whole side.
“Ashley Nicholls showed his class, Jamie Gleeson man marked one of their most dangerous players out of the game and I also thought Jon Garcia and Neil Martin were excellent.
“It was just a fantastic team performance.”
Such giantkilling acts rarely go unnoticed and Simkin is already bracing himself for a flurry of enquiries about his players.
He said: “You always worry about things like that and I am sure there will be phone calls over the next few days if there haven’t been already. We will just cross that bridge when we come to it though.
“The players that are our players are all on contracts and if the situation arises we will just approach it as we always do.”