Wise hopes Leeds' Cup exit will be 'blessing in disguise'

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The Leeds United manager, Dennis Wise, hopes his side's surprise FA Cup exit at the hands of non-League Hereford on Tuesday night will prove to be a "blessing in disguise".

The West Yorkshire side, second best for long periods in the first-round replay at Elland Road, have not won in the competition since February 2003.

Wise admits that the defeat, which was secured by Lionel Ainsworth's goal after just three minutes, will allow his side to focus on their attempts to win promotion back to the Championship.

"We've performed well in the league but not in the cups this season and we are out of all them now," he said. "I didn't want to go out but it might prove a blessing in disguise because promotion is our main priority this season."

The Forest Green manager, Jim Harvey, lavished praise on his players following their stunning 3-0 triumph over Rotherham at Millmoor. Goals from Chris Giles, Simon Clist and Stuart Fleetwood set up a second-round tie with Swindon. Harvey said: "It's all credit to the players. Everyone across the board has contributed. It was a really good team effort.

"The fans are beginning to enjoy life with a team that is getting results, but the league is still where we would like to do well."

There was heartache for non-League Barrow as Danny Hollands' late extra-time strike saw Bournemouth snatch a 3-2 win at Dean Court to set up a second-round meeting with Millwall.

The Cherries had taken the lead two minutes before half-time thanks to a stunning long-range drive from Scott Golbourne which flew into the top corner of Tim Deasy's goal. But his strike was bettered by Barrow's Nick Rogan 10 minutes into the second half as the Cumbrian side pulled level.

Barrow went ahead on 63 minutes as James Walker chipped Gareth Stewart to send the visiting support into raptures. But there was late disappointment for the visitors as Max-Alain Gradel took the game into extra time with a penalty in the 90th minute after Joe Fowler had brought down Hollands.

Just as the game seemed destined for penalties, Hollands popped up to break Barrow hearts.

The League Two strugglers Grimsby caused an upset against the League One leaders, Carlisle, with a 1-0 win at Blundell Park. Gary Jones scored the decisive goal after 62 minutes, curling the ball in from the edge of the penalty area.

Northampton set up a home tie against League One rivals Walsall after a 2-1 win over League Two Darlington at Sixfields.

Brighton will visit Torquay after a slender 2-1 win over League One rivals Cheltenham.

Bristol Rovers' tie with League One rivals Leyton Orient at the Memorial Ground was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.

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