Ainsworth enjoys the five-star display
ONLY seven places separated League One Chesterfield from League Two Wycombe Wanderers before this game.
But it was their visitors who played like a third tier side, while their higher-rated opponents defended like complete amateurs and ended up on the wrong end of a five nil romp.
And Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was understandably thrilled with his side’s performance and effort.
“We’ve really worked hard,” said Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth. “We stayed focus throughout today, nobody switched off.
“People were saying last week that it was the start of something special and the best they’ve seen us play – I think they can say that again today.
“There’s times when we were fantastic against 11. It’s not always easy when they go down to 10 but we made it look easy.
“I told them to start dreaming and them dreams will come true if you believe. Now it’s a case of lady luck looking over us on Monday and giving us a big tie – Man U or Liverpool away would do for me!”
Ian Evatt headed tamely at Jamal Blackman early on and that was about as good as it got for Chesterfield.
Scott Kashket’s inswinging cross found the unmarked Paul Hayes who glanced home Wycombe’s opener with 20 minutes gone.
It took just three minutes for Wycombe to double their lead as Kashket made the most of some more inept Spireites defending to poke home from close range.
Chesterfield’s task became even tougher midway through the second period as Jon Nolan was dismissed for a heavy challenge on Dominic Gape.
And Kashket poked his second past Fulton for Wycombe’s third sparking boos and emptying home stands with 20 minutes to play.
Wycombe’s sensational day in the midlands continued less than five minutes later as Fulton’s fumble from a corner saw Anthony Stewart volley in a fourth, before 20-year-old Kashket completed an astonishing hat-trick to make it 5-0 to the side who were supposed to be the underdogs.
“Disappointed is a quite a mild word from where I’m sat,” said Chestefield manager Danny Wilson, who kept his players in the changing rooms for well over an hour after the final whistle.
“We had a spell in the first 10 minutes where we could have been two down.
“And then we did find ourselves two down from two set pieces.”
STAR MAN SCOTT KASHKET Wycombe