Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted his relief after his side snatched a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Blackpool.
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Brede Hangeland claimed a deflected winner with four minutes of extra time remaining at freezing Bloomfield Road after Kieran Richardson had struck late in normal time to save the tie.
Fulham had been heading out of the competition after Nathan Delfouneso tapped home for the managerless Championship side after 83 minutes of their replay but Richardson made a dramatic contribution off the bench.
Jol said: "It is always a relief. I thought we did okay under the circumstances.
"They are a good team with a few talented players. We should have won at home because we had so many crosses and opportunities in the final third but we couldn't score.
"We had to come away from home to a difficult place. The pitch was probably 10 times worse than we could have imagined, but we were prepared for that.
"We still tried to play. That is the only thing we can do, but then again you have to score a goal and the problem comes when you don't.
"The goal came in the 83rd minute and that was very disappointing.
"To see us come back 30 seconds from the end, and to score the winner was...they couldn't score the winner, so you knew the one who scored first would win the game and luckily it was Fulham."
Jol said he was unsure Hangeland, who had come forward for a corner, should credited with the winner or whether it was an own goal.
He said: "Someone told me it was an own goal - I don't know I would have to see it again. I asked Brede and he didn't know either."
Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson had been anticipating the final whistle at any moment before Richardson unleashed the fierce strike which took the match to extra time.
He said: "It was not a nice way to lose, and when it is the last kick of the game it is hard to get them going again.
"But it was a great strike. Two of our centre-halves went for the same ball and the ref says as soon as they head it he'd blow the whistle. That was the disappointing thing about it."
Thompson also felt the winning goal could have been prevented.
He said: "You've got to defend your set plays. They put quality in there and if you don't defend them you are going to be punished.
"But I thought we played some fantastic football on a very tricky surface."
Thompson has made clear that he would like to be considered for the full-time managerial post vacated by Michael Appleton last week but chairman Karl Oyston seems likely to move in a different direction.
Latest reports have linked the Seasiders with MK Dons boss Karl Robinson.
Thompson said: "It is something I want to be - I am ready to be a number one.
"But it is Karl's (Oyston's) decision. Whatever he does I will support it, whatever role I have at this club."