New Solihull Moors boss Liam McDonald says he is happy to be labelled a “lucky manager” after seeing his side reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time.
In his first game since replacing Marcus Bignot, McDonald’s National League Moors upset League Two Yeovil Town 4-2 on penalties.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” McDonald, 31, told BBC WM 95.6.
“We’ve done it the hard way and we’ve shown a lot of fight and spirit.”
After a goalless 90 minutes at Damson Park in their first round replay, Francois Zoko gave Yeovil took the lead early in extra time before Akwasi Asante brought the Moors level from the penalty spot.
While Solihull kept their cool in the shootout by scoring all their penalties, Ryan Dickson missed and substitute goalkeeper Danny Lewis saved from Tom Eaves as the Moors booked a second round tie at another League Two side Luton Town.
“I’ve not had much luck in the FA Cup and I got told I was a lucky manager and if that’s the case, I’m happy with that,” said McDonald, who left his job at seventh-tier club Hednesford Town to take over from Bignot, who is now in charge at Grimsby Town.
“It’s been a stressful week but I feel I’ve made the right decision.
“It’s only the start but it’s going to be fantastic for us (playing Luton) and it’s a big achievement to reach the second round – it’s going to be a good couple of months.”