Ainsworth proud of Chair­boys de­spite Villa de­feat

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MAN­AGER Gareth Ainsworth was proud of his Wy­combe Wan­der­ers side as they bowed out of the FA Cup af­ter a 2-0 de­feat at As­ton Villa.

The Chair­boys more than matched their Premier League op­po­nents for 70 min­utes of the tie, with Garry Thomp­son and Sam Wood go­ing close, and their dis­play im­pressed Vil­lans boss Remi Garde.

But Villa weath­ered the storm, and Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gana scored in the fi­nal 15 min­utes to edge the Chair­boys out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ainsworth said: “I’m ex­tremely proud. For 70 min­utes we more than matched them and had the bet­ter chances in the first half.

“I think we ran out of steam in the end. As­ton Villa made nine changes and we made one and the legs ran out at the end there.

“I was tak­ing peo­ple off who couldn’t run any­more. We’ve got to take the be­lief and the ef­fort into the end.”

Wy­combe re­turn to league ac­tion at the week­end, host­ing man­ager­less Ley­ton Ori­ent, and Ainsworth wants them to be­lieve that what the club is do­ing is right.

He added: “It gives us be­lief that what we’re do­ing is right. The young play­ers we’ve got are des­tined for big­ger things.

“It makes me proud to work with them. We’ve picked them up from any­where and ev­ery­where. To put a per­for­mance in like that has been fan­tas­tic. We’ll be back – I’m look­ing for­ward to Ley­ton Ori­ent on Satur­day.”

(Above) Gareth Ainsworth with Villa boss Remi Garde; (above left) Villa’s Rudy

Gest­ede shoots at goal

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