King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse paid tribute to his players after they knocked Port Vale out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Vale Park.
Vale created the lion’s share of chances but couldn’t find a way past the National League side’s 19 year old keeper, and were sunk eight minutes from time when another 19 year old, midfielder Sonny Carey fired into the roof of the net from 15 yards after Adam Marriott wriggled free in the area.
Former Norwich City defender Culverhouse said: “To a man they were superb and I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“It is a hell of a result for this football club.
“They deserve all the plaudits, every one of them – they were all magnificent.
“You don’t get too carried away with the highs and and with the lows, but that result will do them a world of good – they’ll all be buzzing.
“Archie Mair was magnificent, too – he had a lot to do, but we also defended ever so well and we had enough bodies in there if we didn’t make the first contact.
“For the goal, Adam Marriott made a hell of a run, and he jinked and jinked and he ball fell to Sonny, and you couldn’t have asked for a better strike.
“Sonny is a talent and I’ve said it since we’ve had him that he’ll get better and better the more games he plays.
“We were looking to be competitive and out in a good performance, so to be on the right side of a result is superb.
“We knew they would come at us first in the first 15, and we were stretched, but we hung on and we deserved the win.”