PETER Cavanagh has a new lease of life at Fleetwood Town just a week after expressing interest in a loan move.
Unable to hold down a regular place, the 31-year-old went share his frustration with manager Micky Mellon only to find himself in the team at Yeovil on Tuesday night, playing his part in Town’s historic FA Cup win.
Cavanagh said: “Football is a strange game. I was only speaking to the manager last week about maybe going on loan somewhere and getting some games, then a few days later I’m playing in the FA Cup in the biggest game in the club’s history.
“Hopefully that performance will stand me in good stead to keep my place. I like to think I’m a good player who the manager can trust.”
He was entrusted with a midfield role at Huish Park, where he grafted solidly for 90 minutes
He added: “It’s a big achievement for myself and for the club. The performance warranted going through and to a man we were superb.
We changed it a little tactically and put an extra body in midfield, and everything seemed to work well for us on the night.
“We were disappointed that we weren’t more than one up at half-time after creating a few good chances .
“We knew they would have a good go second half after being booed off, but we weathered that and always looked likely to nick another on the break, which we did in stoppage time.
That second goal, from Jamie Vardy, came with perfect timing, as Cavanagh admitted: “The legs were heavy by the end and they seemed to get a head of steam when the teams were evened up at ten a side.
“Then Vards goes through and we are all screaming at him to go to the corner flag. But Vards being Vards, he goes and scores and it was a great relief.”
The Liverpudlian dedicated the win to the travelling supporters but insists Town’s focus has fully returned to league matters for the time being. He added: “That performance was for the fans. The journey took five and a half hours and most of them probably took a day off and lost the pay. I’m delighted we’ve rewarded them for that.
“We have important games coming up in the league, which is our bread and butter. We want to get this club out of this league and up where it should be.”
But he admits the tie with Blackpool presents an exciting opportunity for a career first.
“I’ve only reached the third round of the cup once before. That was when Accrington got a terrible draw against Colchester and went out in a replay. I’m sure the chairman would enjoy a replay this time at Bloomfield Road but we’d rather win first time.”
INTERVIEW: DAVID MITCHELL