"MY players are full of confidence at penalties."
Words you never thought you would hear Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman say after the shoot-out gloom at Watford in the Carling Cup in September.
Two penalty wins later and the crowd are willing Johnstone's Paint Trophy games to be settled in sudden death as the Reds have gone from spot kick zeroes to penalty heroes.
And this sudden death expertise has helped them to claim three League One scalps this season.
Nottingham Forest suffered early doors in the Carling Cup, Carlisle were ousted on penalties in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and now Blackpool have been added to the list of victims as the Reds made the JP Trophy Northern area quarter-finals.
Tuesday night was certainly an edge-of-the-seat clash, with defensive mistakes and top class goals making it an eight goal thriller and it made Hallowe'en night scarey for both sides - but in the end it was Stanley who served up the treats.
"That must have been a terrific advert for the competition, a great game for the neutral," said boss Coleman. "But I am sure neither side would have been happy with the defending.
"I thought we had got rid of defending badly from set-pieces but they got two from corners. You shouldn't have to score five to win a game.
"But we played well and had a bit of luck which you need in normal time. It is always in the lap of the Gods when it comes to penalties but they were all well taken.
"We have a bit of a competition with penalties in training so the lads are always full of confidence."
The Reds boss started with midfielder Ian Craney up front alongside Paul Mullin in a new look formation and Pool boss Simon Grayson admitted they pair caused his side problems.
The Seasiders manager said: "Full credit to their two strikers, Paul Mullin and Ian Craney, because I felt they played very well. They caused us a lot more problems than many strikers in League One have this year."
However it was 'Pool who got off the mark first on 31 minutes when Keigan Parker's cross was headed into the top corner of the net by pint-sized on loan Southampton winger Simon Gillett.
The Reds equalised on the stroke of half time when, after Andy Todd battled hard to win the ball, a Sean Doherty strike hit Mullin and bounced nicely for Craney to poke the ball home.
Craney was having a good game and, although there was some wayward shooting, his corners always caused problems for the Tangerine defence.
However, it was the visitors who made a corner count on 54 minutes when Gillett's flag kick to the far post was jumped for by both keeper Rob Elliot and Seaside captain Shaun Barker. The skipper somehow bundled the ball in from a tight angle to restore the higher division's side's advantage.
However, in a frantic game, they were only in charge for five minutes against a resilient Stanley thanks to a superb solo goal by Andy Todd.
Terrier Jay Harris, who really got stuck in in midfield with Andy Procter, sent the ball through for the wideman.
The former Burton winger picked the ball up in the area and twisted and turned before unleashing a fierce strike into the net - definitely a goal worth celebrating!
Then the Reds stunned the visitors by surging ahead for the first time on 65 minutes. Defender Robbie Williams floated in a free kick from his own half into the area and Mullin got a flick on ahead of marker Ian Evatt and looped it over stranded keeper Rhys Evans.
The fans behind the goal went wild but once more the exhilerating clash swung back to the Seasiders.
This time Leam Richardson was penalised for a foul on Parker on 74 minutes who was powering his way through in the area and the referee immediately gave a penalty.
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Burgess took the spot kick well and sent Elliot the wrong way and it was 3-3.
And it looked bleak for the Reds five minutes from time when another Gillett corner caused chaos and Burgess jumped to head home from six yards out.
It looked destined to be the winner but step forward an unlikely goal hero Robbie Williams.
Not even the boss would have believed his defender would have been the injury-time hero, turning on the edge of the box and firing home from 18 yards his first goal of the season.
"I don't get many but when I do, they tend to be quite good!" joked the centre half.
However he only had a couple of minutes to be the Stanley saviour as, with no extra time, it was straight to penalties - which was welcomed on a cold night - and shoot-out king Elliot then stole his thunder.
The Charlton loanee is a stunner at penalty saves and there was every confidence he would come up with the goods despite having the vocal Blackpool crowd behind him.
Craney took the first spot kick and it was perfect with Gillett making it 1-1.
David Brown, who missed against Carlisle in the first round, just squeezed the ball beyond the diving Evans for the second. Then Elliot did what he couldn't do in normal time and kept out Burgess to make it 2-1. Lively Todd then scored a cracking penalty - hard and just under the bar - before Carl Dickinson made it 3-2.
Midfielder Procter, who had put in another solid performance in the centre of the park, held his nerve to make it 4-2.
Parker needed to score but Elliot kept him out - and the Reds players raced forward to congratulate the big keeper.
- FORMER RED Rory Prendergast was expected to play for Blackpool but was injured in training the day before.
STANLEY: Elliot, Cavanagh, Richardson, Williams, Welch (Edwards 56); Procter, Craney, Harris, Doherty (Mangan 90); Todd, Mullin (Brown 90). Not used: Dubourdeau, N'Da.
Bookings: Harris, Richardson`