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WRECKED 'EM!; Sub Russell nails Harry's Hammers.

Wrexham veteran Kevin Russell produced the shock of the day yesterday, firing the goal which dumped Premiership West Ham out of the FA Cup.

Russell, on the pitch only 14 minutes, struck a cracking 30-yard shot in the dying seconds to give Wrexham a thoroughly deserved victory.

"It's obviously the greatest moment of my life. You dream about things like this and now it has happened," said Russell.

"As soon as it left my boot I knew it was in the net. It was a wonderful feeling."

Russell has not been able to claim a regular place in the side. But manager Brian Flynn says: "He's great to have on the bench and terrific in the dressing-room - the sort of character every manager wants."

Hammers have now been added to a long list of scalps claimed by Wrexham, but Flynn insists: "If there was a magic formula, we would do it in the League every week. But we have got this reputation as giant-killers and today we have lived up to it.

"We didn't play as well as we are capable of in the first half, but we are a lot better after the break.

"The only thing I am sorry about is that this has happened to Harry Redknapp.

"He's a nice guy and came in our dressing-room to say 'well done' afterwards. After a result like this it takes a big man to do that."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Steggles, Jack
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 1997
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