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History plays its part for Westley

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Stevenage manager Graham Westley has revealed how he called on the help of history's most famous underdog to engineer one of the great FA Cup triumphs.

In the week preceding his League Two side's 3-1 third round win against Newcastle on Saturday, Westley rammed home the story of 'David and Goliath' and how the little Israelite had defeated the giant champion of the Philistines by design, not by chance.

"I don't think you win if you don't expect to win. We talked beforehand about David and Goliath," said Westley.

"We talked about the fact that David had a plan. David knew what his strengths were. David didn't play Goliath's game. He played his own game.

"And we went out there and played our game and got the result by doing that."

It was a game of high energy and total commitment by a side playing their first season in the Football League.

Rarely can a Premier League team have been so outplayed by opposition 73 places below them in the football pyramid.

A strike from Stacy Long, via a deflection off Michael Williamson, plus goals from Michael Bostwick and Peter Winn were the vital statistics behind Stevenage's triumph but while Joey Barton hit a 35-yard screamer in consolation for Newcastle in reality the scoreline did not flatter Westley's side.

"The best moment of my footballing career," was how appropriately-named goal scorer Winn summed it up. "The biggest thing I've ever done."

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Joey Barton
Peter Winn
Football
Premier League
Stevenage
Newcastle United
League Two
Michael Williamson
FA Cup

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