Ainsworth proud of Chairboys despite Villa defeat
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