REGAN CHARLES-COOK has praised Woking manager Anthony Limbrick after taking a gamble on such a young squad after beating League One strugglers Bury in the FA Cup First Round on Tuesday.
The Charlton loanee, Inih Effiong and Jamie Philpot were all on target as the Cards caused a huge upset at Gigg Lane, coming away 3-0 winners after the initial tie ended 1-1 earlier this month.
After being in the FA Cup second round and flirting with the play-off places in the Vanarama National League, Charles-Cook has spoken very highly of manager Limbrick in his first managerial job.
He told BBC Radio Manchester: “We’re a young team, we’re ambitious, we’re courageous and we’ll work so hard for him and he has so much belief which is the biggest compliment.”
“Even though we’re young, people look at us inexperienced and he’s taken a gamble on us young players and he thinks we can go all the way.”
After riding an initial storm where Michael Smith hit both the post and the crossbar for Bury, Woking grew into the game, and Charles-Cook notched his sixth of the campaign on the half-hour mark.
Just like manager Limbrick gambled on the young players, Charles-Cook revealed he did the same to get on the end of a fine counter-attacking move, something that Cards have been working on.
He added: “We’ve been working on counter-attacking and ways to exploit them. Inih Effiong held it up for Joe Ward and he’s done well to get the cross in and I’ve just gambled and its gone in. It means a lot to score in the FA Cup, that’s my second now and it adds onto my tally so I’m happy.”
Woking will face either fellow National League side Tranmere Rovers or Peterborough United, another League One side, but Charles-Cook isn’t getting carried away despite their success.
“The dream of the third round is still alive, but we’ll take this one game at a time, we’ll celebrate for the next 24 hours but then we’ve got a league game on Saturday that we need to focus on.”