Eastleigh may not have provided us with the first significant shock of the Emirates FA Cup on Friday night, but they did come pretty close. The Spitfires took the lead against League One outfit Swindon Town, yet were denied their very own cupset when Michael Doughty grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.
That means the pair will lock horns again in the coming weeks for a place in the second-round.
So how did the Twittersphere react to the Hampshire outfit’s exploits?
We got into the Emirates FA Cup spirit with what we thought would have been said in the home team’s dressing room by manager Ronnie Moore before kick-off…
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) November 4, 2016
But Moore’s men may consider themselves lucky to still be in the competition after this header from Swindon striker Luke Norris was deemed not to have crossed the line. What do you think? Did the officials make the right call?
Goal or no goal?
Did this Swindon header cross the line?
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 5, 2016
@EastleighFC didn’t think it did. Instead they put it down to a simply stunning save from their goalkeeper Ryan Clarke…
We can’t quite put into words how good a save that was. 👐 #Spitfires
— Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) November 4, 2016
Eastleigh’s assistant manager Kevin Watson will have been proud of what he saw from his side last night, and we were offering 5/1 for the game to finish 1-1 prior to kick-off.
— Kevin Watson (@kevwatson74) November 4, 2016
Bold words from their gaffer, too. His side are 2000/1 outsiders to go all the way and win the cup…
— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) November 5, 2016
And star of Eastleigh FC Ladies, Hollie Agombar, reckons her side can get the job done in the reverse fixture at the County Ground…
We will beat them at Swindon #spitfires
— Hollieeee (@HollieAgombar) November 4, 2016
It looks as though the Spitfires’ fan base stretches further than Hamphire, too…
— Helen Wardle (@HelenWardle44) November 4, 2016
You’re not alone there, @CoachManie_!
Such an end to end entertaining game, love these FA cup games! #EASSWI
— Coach Manie (@CoachManie_) November 4, 2016
There’s just no answer to this…
— Zach Homer (@Zach_cafc) November 4, 2016
So was Eastleigh’s performance a sign of things to come this weekend in the Emirates FA Cup?
Let us know which side you think can provide the shock of the round in the comments section below!
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing