MATT IS STANDING UP FOR CHAIRBOYS
WYCOMBE WANDERERS captain Matt Bloomfield has described his side’s team spirit as the “best he has ever experienced” after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa secured an FA Cup third round replay at Villa Park.
A sell-out crowd at Adams Park witnessed a stirring performance against the Premier League side and they are set to meet again on Tuesday night – with a visit from Manchester City awaiting the winners.
Bloomfield told The FLP: “It was a great day for the football club and for us as players.
“We don’t get to play at grounds like Villa Park every day,so it’ll be a great experience.
“It doesn’t get better than a packed Adams Park, and I have only experienced that a handful of times since I have been at the club. It was all about heart on the day and we showed an abundance of that.
“We know we can match them and we approach every match in the same way. We know we are the underdogs and there is an uphill task ahead of us, but we are going out there to enjoy it.”
The 31-year-old midfielder joined the Chairboys in 2003 and, in that time, has been part of two relegations, two promotions and an incredible League Cup run in 2006, which saw the League Two side reach the competition’s semi-finals.
But Bloomfield refuses to get carried away and, although he watched the fourth-round draw, he insists the team have not even thought about the prospect of hosting another Premier League side.
“I watched it at home with my wife, but it is so far away and we have a job to do first.
“We keep surprising people because of our lack of resources, but with this group of players are capable of achieving something special. I think this is the best squad I have been a part of .”
Despite the excitement of leading the team out at Villa Park on Tuesday, Bloomfield is also focused on league form as they mount a promotion push.
“We have been given a points target and, if we keep putting in solid performances, like we have been, then we can get there”, he added.
“I can’t wait for Tuesday, but we also want three points every week and we have been fully focused on Hartlepool first. I am raring to go for two big games.” West Brom or Bristol City v Peterborough United Eastleigh or Bolton v Leeds United Arsenal v Burnley Derby County v Man United Huddersfield or Reading v Walsall Exeter or Liverpool v West Ham Wycombe or Aston Villa v Man City Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday Nottingham Forest v Watford Carlisle Utd or Yeovil Tn v Everton Crystal Palace v Stoke City Oxford United v Newport County or Blackburn Rovers Ipswich or Portsmouth v Bournemouth Colchester United v Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City Bury or Bradford City v Hull City Northampton Town or MK Dons v Chelsea