Connor Jennings revealed that a half time refresh helped inspire Tranmere to overturn a 3-0 deficit in Saturday’s dramatic FA Cup classic at Vicarage Road against Watford.

The midfielder, who has been at Prenton Park since the club’s rise from the National League, scored Rovers’ first goal, igniting a second half comeback that evoked memories of FA Cup games from yesteryear.

Further goals from Manny Monthe and Paul Mullin earned the Whites a replay back in Birkenhead, but not before Micky Mellon had made some interventions at the halfway point.

Jennings said: “It was a game of two halves. Obviously, we were a bit disappointed with the first half. He (Mellon) wasn’t happy. He felt we probably showed them too much respect at times. Everyone sat down and chilled out, got ready for a big second half and responded really well.

“I don’t think they had many shots, I just think they scored every single one, that’s a Premier League team for you. It was a good experience and a good result because we can take them back to our place now and you never know.”

Jennings headed home a Corey Blackett-Taylor cross from close range only to see an offside flag raised, but with VAR technology in use, the original decision was overturned and the goal stood.

Speaking about VAR, Jennings said: “We love it now! It was a bit weird with all that waiting but it got the right result in the end so it’s good for us. The lads were brilliant. They put in a right shift and got our reward.

“I knew that Clarkey (Peter Clarke) didn’t touch it, I think it came off one of their lads in the end, so I was a bit surprised to see the flag. It was the start of a good battle.

“We put them under pressure and the lads just kept going and thought we deserved something in the end.”

VAR would play another key role in the match, this time for Rovers’ equaliser with the referee initially awarded  a corner instead of a penalty kick. But once again the decision was overturned on review.

Jennings added: “It was tough angle for the ref to be fair, but us boys knew it was going to be a penalty because he’s definitely got Corey (Blackett-Taylor) before the ball. Again, VAR came to the rescue and made the right decision.

“When they put a bit of pressure on us we defended superbly. All round it was a really good attitude from the boys and performance. Hopefully we can build on that. We’re looking forward to the draw and the replay.

“There’s a lot of games coming up. We’ve got to keep this momentum up. In the league we just need to get a win and keep it going.”

Tranmere or Watford will be ball number 21 in tonight’s FA Cup Fourth Round draw, which will be shown live on BBC One at 7.35pm.