Blackburn Rovers forward Colin Kazim-Richards has revealed his delight after they beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates in the FA Cup fifth round.
The Turkey star netted after 72 minutes to seal the Championship side’s progression into the quarter-finals of the competition.
And he praised the tactics which Ewood Park boss Michael Appleton put in place as they shot down the Gunners in north London.
“It means a lot for everybody involved with Blackburn,” revealed Kazim-Richards. “It’s a great day. We really wanted to win, we really did. We came here with a game plan and it worked.”
But he admitted he doesn’t know who he’d like to face in the quarter-finals because each draw has its positives.
He added: “It’s a catch-22 situation because you want to prove yourself against the bigger teams but also you want a great chance of going to Wembley. Whoever it is, we will respect them, but we’ll plan to go and win.”
While Blackburn Rovers captain Scott Dann believes the victory shows the sterling work the Michael Appleton has done since his arrival is paying off.
He added: “It’s a great feeling to come to Arsenal and get a win and keep a clean sheet. Obviously we’re through to the next round and it’s a big scalp.
“In the last 18 months to two years there has been too much going on behind the scenes with managers coming and managers going back out not too long after and I think what we needed was a bit of stability and the new manager who has come in has given us that.
“The way that they’ve turned things around and the way that they’ve got us playing at the moment we’re going from strength to strength and that showed today.”