Jacobson cracker earns dough!
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.”