ALAN Devonshire admits to feeling disappointed after Maidenhead United exited the FA Cup in a 3-1 defeat to Port Vale on Thursday evening, writes Rob Stevens.

Devonshire hailed the character of his side after a memorable draw at Port Vale in the original first round tie back on November 8.

That sparked a money-spinning replay, which was screened live on BT Sport, and saw over 2,000 Maidenhead fans pack out their York Road home.

Those supporters were in jubilant mood when captain Alan Massey fired the hosts into a 15th minute lead.

But, Michael O’Connor levelled the scores before the break and Ajay Leitch-Smith struck twice in the second period to see Port Vale through to the second round.

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There is no doubt Maidenhead pushed the League One team all the way over the two matches, Vale honouring The Magpies with a guard of honour at the final whistle, but Devonshire believes it is a pity his team could not deliver in the replay.

The Maidenhead boss told the Observer: “I’m just a little bit disappointed really. We started so well and I felt it was a really even game.

“It was a pity that we couldn’t hold on until half-time, but that’s the way it goes and I wish Port Vale all the best.

“In 10 minutes we fell asleep and gave two bad goals away. I’m a bit disappointed in that.

“I felt disappointed with all their goals to be fair, but you always do that and analyze it as a manager. I will look back at it and see what I decide then.

“It was two scrappy goals, two awful goals really and for a manager it’s disappointing.

“We had chances to get a second goal, and if we had got one, we might have got another – I don’t know.”

Devonshire added: “It was a great occasion, the fans were brilliant as normal, but we ended up losing the game so I’m disappointed.

“I’m very proud but at the end of the day we’ve lost a game, so it’s disappointing. We just have to move on and look to the league now.

“I’m pleased for the fans, they were absolutely brilliant, but it’s just a pity we didn’t get the result that we wanted.”