‘The best feeling I’ve ever had’.
That’s how Wembley hero Antoni Sarcevic summed up his promotion celebrations after firing Fleetwood Town into League One.
The midfield ace bagged his 15th of the campaign 15 minutes from time to secure play-off victory by the tightest of margins.
And the former Manchester City youngster, who had to drop into non-league before being given a second chance by Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander, insisted his part in Fleetwood’s Wembley win was a special moment.
He said: “I know everyone says it’s a cliche about dreams coming true, but for me to come here from non-league and score the winning goal to win promotion, it’s exactly that. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. It’s going to be buzzing tonight with the boys.”
And the significance of promotion to League One, where Fleetwood will mix it with the likes of Coventry and near-neighbours Preston North End, isn’t lost on the 22-year-old.
He said: “For the club it’s massive. I’m just happy I got them there, I was part of it. What an amazing day.”
Sarcevic was plucked out of Conference North last summer, having helped Chester secure promotion.
He’s been a formidable attacking presence over Town’s 49-game League campaign, turning heads with his goals in cup competitions too. But even he admits his Wembley strike wasn’t fully intended.
Sarcevic told The Gazette: “I didn’t mean to shoot. I just wanted to put it in a dangerous area.
“It was that kind of game. We all knew how close it was.
“I knew I just had to put it in the area. The keeper’s come and he’s misjudged it, and you know the rest.
“I’d say to the keeper, ‘You don’t go for them.’”