MATT IS STAND­ING UP FOR CHAIR­BOYS

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Sheri­dan Robins

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

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