Reality TV star Mark Wright insists he was NOT surprised by Crawley Town’s ‘momentous’ 3-0 FA Cup win against Leeds and claims it could have been MORE as he reflects on making his ‘special’ professional debut alongside his brother Josh
- Crawley Town produced the shock of the FA Cup third round by defeating Leeds
- Mark Wright came on as a substitute at the death during Crawley’s 3-0 victory
- The Reality TV star made his professional debut for the League Two outfit
- Wright has reflected on the ‘momentous’ achievement on Sunday afternoon
Reality TV star Mark Wright has reflected on the ‘momentous’ achievement after making his professional debut in Crawley Town’s stunning 3-0 FA Cup win over Leeds.
The League Two outfit produced the shock of the third round on Sunday when they emphatically beat Marcelo Bielsa’s attack-minded Premier League side thanks to a second-half blitz.
After seeing his side defy the odds to beat Leeds, it was made even more incredible for the former TOWIE star after he was given his first taste of action in professional football alongside his younger brother Josh, who also made his first start for the club again after returning from Leyton Orient in January.
Mark Wright came on as a 91st minute sub during Crawley Town’s historic 3-0 win over Leeds
Jordan Tunnicliffe celebrates after putting Crawley into a shock 3-0 lead in the FA Cup tie
And Wright, who came on as a 91st minute substitute, claimed he was not surprised by the result and said it could have been an even bigger winning margin as he reflected on a ‘special’ day.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Wright – who plays at left back and has been a regular in the Soccer Aid charity games down the years – said: ‘It was an incredible night. I mean I only got on for a few minutes which is still an achievement for me.
‘The fact that I have been able to be involved in the squad and make an appearance at all, and especially to do it with my brother Josh who made his debut for the club yesterday as well. To have him there was just a special moment for me and the whole family.
‘But more importantly taking the fact that I got on for a few minutes away it was just being part of the squad and the team that I have been training with for the past three months, and the team that I signed for, just to smash Leeds 3-0 like that.
‘And just to be there celebrating after and to be on the side and watching my team go through this momentous moment. It was just amazing from start to finish.
Wright made his professional debut alongside his brother Josh (centre) on Sunday afternoon
‘Being there against Leeds, being there with my brother, making my debut, being on the bench, everything together and getting the 3-0 win. The boys were absolutely sensational yesterday.
‘There was no FA Cup luck, there was no last minute situation or penalties. Our boys were just incredible from start to finish. Once you’re sat there, no the result didn’t surprise me, it could have been more.
‘But the day before yes of course if you said to me we’d win 3-0, we would have been like if that happens it would be a massive shock. On paper if you’re going to beat a Premier League side like Leeds it is going to be on pens, a last minute goal that has happened out of nowhere. But it wasn’t. From start to finish, we believed it for sure.’
Wright mainly watched on from the bench as his side scored three second-half goals in the space of 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Nick Tsaroulla had put Crawley ahead in the 50th minute thanks to a fine solo effort, before Ashley Nadesan and Jordan Tunnicliffe booked the League Two side’s spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Wright and his Crawley team-mates will find out their FA Cup fate when the fourth and fifth round draw takes place on Monday evening at 7:10pm.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Wright reflected on Crawley’s ‘momentous’ giantkilling on Sunday
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