Darren Bent heaped praise on Trevor Carson after the Hartlepool United keeper made him wait for his 200th career goal.
Bent’s late winner, finished expertly with his left foot, made it third time lucky against Carson.
He played really well but I for one, was not at all surprised.
His old Sunderland pal saved a first-half shot and then, even better, made a tremendous point-blank stop from a diving header.
“Trevor played really well and made some great saves,” he said. “But thankfully, we got into the next round but he made me stick on 199 for a few minutes more.
“I know him well from my days at Sunderland.
“He played really well but I for one, was not at all surprised.
“I always knew how good a keeper he was because he saved a few from me in training!
“He made save after save after save. We could have won a lot more comfortably if he hadn’t been in such great form.”
Bent was thrilled to bring up two centuries of goals in an FA Cup tie and had kinds words for Pools after their great effort.
“That’s seven seasons in a row I have scored in the FA Cup,” he said. “I’m really proud of that as well.
“It’s the best knockout competition in the world. It’s games like today which make it so great. Hartlepool gave us a real game and scored a great goal themselves.”