SLOUGH Town star Lee Togwell has hailed the character within the team after the Rebels beat Sutton United on penalties in the FA Cup on Tuesday, writes Rob Stevens.

Slough recovered from falling a goal behind early in the first round replay at Arbour Park when James Dobson netted an 81st minute equaliser to force extra time.

The home side looked the more likely to win the tie in the additional 30-minute period but it would be decided with the lottery of penalty kicks.

Togwell admits there was a sense of relief because his older brother, Sam Togwell, missed the chance to send the Rebels through.

But, he explained the amazing feeling as George Wells coolly slotted Slough's eighth spot-kick for an 8-7 win in the shoot-out and progress into the second round.

Togwell, man-of-the-match against in midweek, told the Observer: "We matched Sutton in the first tie so had nothing to fear and confidence was high that we could do them under the lights at Arbour Park.

"If we do go behind in any game we have that self-belief and confidence within ourselves to bounce back and get ourselves in the game.

"Maybe we were a bit fortunate at 1-0 because Sutton had other chances and hit the crossbar, but we knew we were still in the game. It only takes a second to score a goal so we just stuck at it and kept on going.

"We were on top at the end and, even once the equaliser had been scored, it was quite open and we had a few other half-chances as well.

"I thought we might have been able to finish it in normal time but that was not the case. However, having just scored, everyone was absolutely buzzing going into extra time.

"I suppose Sutton were a little bit down thinking they had just conceded with nine minutes to go, so we tried to use that as an advantage and go one step further."

He continued: "I was very tired come penalties and didn't put myself forward for the first five, but we had other confident players that were willing to step up. I was happy to take the back seat and let them do the job.

"There was a sense of relief because my brother had the chance to score the six penalty but unfortunately he put it wide. But, it was an amazing feeling when George scored his.

"It just shows the character in the side that no matter what knock-backs we have, we're willing to put them aside and go again.

"It was two tough and very close games against Sutton. It was going to come down to luck at the end of the day and, fortunately for us, luck was on our side."

Togwell added: "It means a lot for us to hear the supporters on the side, encouraging us regardless of the score and just keep on singing. It's like your 12th man because they do get behind the team.

"The supporters do a lot of travelling and we really appreciate them as a side and as a football club."

Slough will host Gillingham from League One in the second round of the FA Cup following their 4-3 win after extra time at Hartlepool United on Wednesday.

The match will take place at Arbour Park on Sunday 2nd December and Togwell insists the pressure is all on the higher-league team.

He said: "It's exactly the same situation as last season. We've got nothing to fear because the pressure isn't on us, it's on them.

"Our emotions are high at the moment and we feel we can give it a good go.

"We're going to be at home again and that may be an advantage for us against a team higher in the football pyramid."