Jacobson cracker earns dough!

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Ian Baker

GARETH AINSWORTH was left burst­ing with pride by his Wy­combe won­ders af­ter they claimed a Villa Park re­play – and then begged the Holte End faith­ful not to boy­cott the match.

Joe Jacobson’s se­cond-half penalty was enough to can­cel out skip­per Micah Richards’ first-half strike to net an­other big pay day later this month.

Frus­trated Villa fans were pulled away from their cap­tain on the side­lines af­ter he was re­placed with seven min­utes to go, and have talked about skip­ping games.

But those same sup­port­ers ap­plauded the Chair­boys off and Ainsworth hopes they will still at­tend the re­play in num­bers to give the cash-strapped League Two side a help­ing hand.

“Proud is the ex­act word,” he said.“Proud out­does hap­pi­ness and ra­tio­nal thought – it oozes out of me when you see the boys like that.

“I had to bring peo­ple off as they had ab­so­lutely noth­ing left. It’s a great day for Wy­combe. It was great that their fans ap­plauded us off. Thank you. It was fan­tas­tic.We will see what hap­pens at Villa Park.

“I’m clued up to the fi­nances. I know what this means and how much it goes to pay­ing the debt off. But I know what it will mean to this never-say-die group.

“I hope the Villa fans turn up in num­bers. Hope­fully the TV will turn up. But I know what it means.

“They’d kill us if they protest against us! Do it in the next Premier League game. They are in a tough place but have some good play­ers. But we’ll have a right go at Villa, our away record is bet­ter than our home record.”

A re­play is no more than Wy­combe de­served af­ter cre­at­ing the pick of the chances against the Premier League strug­glers. Garry Thomp­son missed a great op­por­tu­nity from Jacobson’s cor­ner be­fore Sam Wood saw a shot de­flect into Villa goal­keeper Mark Bunn’s arms.

But Villa struck against the run of play as Car­les Gil’s cross was turned in by Richards’ cool fin­ish in the 22nd minute.

Wy­combe should have scored but Wood volleyed over from the im­pres­sive Matt Bloom­field’s cross. But the hosts were level five min­utes into the se­cond half af­ter Ash­ley West­wood clum­sily brought down Bloom­field just in­side the area.

With reg­u­lar penalty taker Paul Hayes in­jured, Jacobson coolly sent Bunn the wrong way and it could have got even bet­ter for Ainsworth’s men with Wood hav­ing an ef­fort cleared off the line by Jores Okore.

The frus­tra­tion of Villa fans boiled over and led to al­ter­ca­tions with Richards on the side­lines, but their side had the bet­ter chances to win it late on as Wy­combe tired. Jor­dan Ayew shot just wide while Rudy Gest­ede’s de­flected ef­fort came back off the bar. But Wy­combe were not to be de­nied.

“It was quite a fair re­sult,” said Villa boss Remi Garde. “I don’t think the play­ers let me down but it is al­ways a ques­tion you have to won­der.

“I can un­der­stand the fans, they trav­elled very far to this game. We have to ac­cept this crit­i­cism as we are not win­ning games. I un­der­stand the fans could be an­gry about the re­sult and we have to ac­cept that.

“I’m not es­pe­cially un­der pres­sure but we’re not win­ning games. The day I feel I can’t do any­thing pos­i­tive, you will know it.

“The sit­u­a­tion where As­ton Villa are is very dif­fi­cult. Some silly things hap­pen and ev­ery­one needs to keep calm, face re­spon­si­bil­ity and look in the mir­ror to get out of this sit­u­a­tion.”

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