MONDAY OFF FOR CUP HEROES
SATURDAY’S stunning FA Cup win at Portsmouth earned Wycombe Wanderers’ players a well-earned day off on Monday.
Adebayo Akinfenwa’s late winner put the Chairboys into the hat for the second round draw after Gareth Evans had cancelled out Paris Cowan-Hall’s opener.
Delighted manager Gareth Ainsworth was more than happy to let his players put their feet up as a reward. He said: “I gave the boys a challenge. I said you can have Monday off as long as you’re at home with your feet up watching that draw and Wycombe Wanderers are in it.
“They deserve that and they have earned that. It was important we stopped the rot, got back to winning ways, and were in the hat.
“It shows what we can do. We can do this in the league, and that’s important. I am really proud of the boys, because it was a strong Portsmouth side. I’m really pleased with the result”
Wycombe drew Chesterfield away in the second round.
PLAN A FOR AKINFENWA
GARETH Ainsworth has dubbed Adebayo Akinfenwa his Plan A and Plan B following the striker’s late winner on Saturday.
Enjoying a rare start, Akinfenwa sent a looping header over Portsmouth keeper David Forde to earn Wycombe Wanderers a hard-earned 2-1 FA Cup win.
Manager Ainsworth handed Akinfenwa only a ninth start of the season, and insisted he will continue to use the striker sparingly.
He said: “I brought Bayo here to be a Plan A, but also to be a Plan B against certain teams. I felt when we came here last time he didn’t have much time to make an impact on the game, but at Doncaster last week he made a big one. He’s not going to start every game, Bayo knows that, but I’ll work out what games he will be best in when he starts. He deserved every song and every clap he got today. He will steal the headlines, but he will be the first one to say ‘what a team performance’.
“First half we looked solid, the shape was good, and second half we were solid again. Okay, a goal went in, but I’m not going to elaborate on that as I’ve talked too much recently about sloppy defending.
“Let’s talk about some fantastic performances. Bayo scored the winner and was a constant threat, Paris [Cowan-Hall] ran his socks off, while Myles [Weston], Hayesy [Paul Hayles] and Thommo [Garry Thompson] led the line really well.”
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