Three-time FA Cup winner Sol Campbell discovered the other side of the coin as his Southend side were knocked out in the first round by non-League Dover.
Campbell has lost all four matches since taking charge and was scathing after an 84th-minute goal from Ruel Sotiriou ended Southend’s interest in the cup.
‘Today wasn’t good enough,’ said Campbell, whose side are near the foot of League One. ‘We’ve had opportunities — it’s the last third, it’s the conviction when we shoot. It’s almost as if the team play with a handbrake on.’
Three-time FA Cup winner Sol Campbell’s Southend side were knocked out of the FA Cup
Dover were not the only giantkillers, as Maldon and Tiptree beat Leyton Orient 2-1 to reach the second round for the first time in their history.
Goals from Danny Parish and Jorome Slew either side of half-time put the eighth-tier side 2-0 up, before James Dayton pulled one back.
Parish was sent off in the dying minutes but Maldon hung on with goalkeeper Ben McNamara making two crucial saves.
Manager Wayne Brown, a journeyman footballer with 350 league appearances for clubs including Ipswich and Colchester, paid tribute to his side.
‘We felt there was an opportunity for us to hurt them in certain ways,’ said Brown. ‘We probably created six or seven really good opportunities, and put two away.’
Campbell has lost all four matches since taking charge after non-league Dover’s shock victory
Brown’s Isthmian Division One North side started their FA Cup campaign in the preliminary round against Saffron Walden Town in August and have won 20 of their last 21 games in all competitions.
Orient boss Carl Fletcher said: ‘Any defeat is really tough but we know FA Cup games are always banana skins. We know today is not good enough but credit to Maldon and congratulations to them.’
Campbell’s old club Macclesfield were on the end of a 4-0 thrashing by Kingstonian, with their players striking over not being paid.
The Silkmen were forced to field six youth players and five loanees. Dan Hector and Louie Theophanous scored inside 11 minutes for the visitors before Dan Bennett and Theophanous completed the rout in the second half.
Jonny Smith hit the winner as Oldham beat Gateshead 2-1. Filipe Morais put the League Two team in front in the 20th minute before Liam Agnew equalised, but Smith won the game for the visitors 13 minutes from time.
Goals from Ched Evans and Ashley Hunter had earned Fleetwood a 2-0 win at Barnet
League One Rochdale were also held to a goalless draw at non-league Wrexham on Sunday
Goals from Ched Evans and Ashley Hunter earned Fleetwood a 2-0 win at Barnet, while Vadaine Oliver’s double and a Harry Smith strike saw Northampton win 3-0 at Chippenham.
National League North leaders York were made to pay for missed chances in their 1-0 home defeat by Altrincham. After Sean Newton had hit the crossbar and Andy Bond had missed from the penalty spot, Tom Peers fired in eight minutes from time to end the Minstermen’s 19-match unbeaten run.
Chris Bush’s 83rd-minute equaliser secured National League leaders Bromley a replay with a 1-1 draw at League One Bristol Rovers, who had gone ahead through Luke Leahy.
Sam Long and Rob Hall struck as Oxford won 2-0 at Hayes & Yeading and League One Rochdale drew 0-0 at non-League Wrexham.