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Morgan reflects on Curzon Ashton FA Cup defeat
Monday 12th December 2016 @ 10:10 by Mark Phillip

Curzon Ashton striker Adam Morgan was left devastated on Sunday after his side suffered a spectacular FA Cup defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Morgan watched on in horror as his side surrendered a three goal lead in the final ten minutes to lose 4-3 with practically the last touch of the game.

The former Liverpool youngster, who joined the Nash at the end of October, scored a hattrick on the day which gave Curzon a three goal lead by the 62nd minute.

However, in what will be regarded as one of the best comebacks in football history, Wimbledon scored three goals in 162 seconds to draw matters level before clinching the winner in the dying stages of the clash.

The loss will come as a huge blow to Morgan who has endured a tumultuous few years in football since being released by boyhood club Liverpool in 2013.

Following his departure, Morgan made sporadic appearances for a number of clubs including Yeovil Town, Rotherham United and Accrington Stanley before training with non-league Hemel Hempstead and Colwyn Bay to retain his fitness.

Morgan’s arrival at the Tameside Stadium at the end of October was considered a bit of a coup for the club who have struggled in the national League North this season.

Put into context, Morgan has effectively dropped five divisions in order to reinvigorate his promising career and, judging by his impact so far – the striker has scored nine goals in seven appearances – the downward step is proving to be an inspired one.

Understandably gutted at Sunday’s loss, Morgan said he’d happily sacrifice his three goals in order for Curzon to progress to the next round. He added: “This is going to take a few days to get over -which I think is normal – but we’ve got to take this confidence into the league now.

“We’ve got a fantastic team, with a fantastic team spirit, and some of these lads are going to be big, big players in the future.”

Morgan was just as complimentary about manager John Flanagan. “The gaffer should work a lot higher because he knows his football, he knows how to get along with the lads and he’s got the right balance” he said.

Despite the loss, Morgan’s hattrick display will have generated interest from other clubs in the football pyramid.

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley is certainly an admirer, as the 44-year-old spoke highly of the entire Curzon squad following the game. He said: “Part of me feels really, really sorry for Curzon, because I thought they were absolutely incredible, and I would have said that even if they beat us.

“It wasn’t just Morgan, it was everything about them. Their energy in the first-half, they counterattacked brilliantly, they caused us problems, they passed it well – and I knew they would.

“I did more homework on these than I did in any league game we’ve played in.

“I knew these would be tough, and they didn’t disappoint me in the game at all. They were exceptional.”

Wimbledon have been drawn in the third round of the competition at National League outfit Sutton United.