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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.”

HARRY MUR­PHY, GETTY IMAGES

Beastly: Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa

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