Bring on the Villa, says Joe the gi­ant-killer

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

JOE Ja­cob­son be­lieves he can play his part in one of the big­gest FA Cup shocks.

The Wy­combe Wan­der­ers de­fender is gear­ing up to face Premier League strug­glers As­ton Villa in the third round.

Al­though there are three di­vi­sions be­tween the two teams, Wy­combe will fancy adding to Villa’s woes.

And Cardiff-born Ja­cob­son is des­per­ate to make history in the tele­vised clash at Adams Park on Jan­uary 9.

He said: “It’s a mas­sive game for us and one we’ve been look­ing for­ward to.

“You al­ways want to test your­self against the top teams. Al­though Villa are not hav­ing the best of sea­sons they will rightly be firm favourites.

“There is a real gulf. They have Premier League play­ers.

“But we know on our day if we play our best and they are off their game then we stand a real chance. It’s go­ing to be a great oc­ca­sion.

“They won’t be look­ing for­ward to com­ing to us and they have ev­ery­thing to lose.”

Ja­cob­son’s long­est run in the FA Cup is when he helped his for­mer club Bris­tol Rovers reach the quar­ter-fi­nals back in 2008.

He would love a re­peat run against a Villa side who boast the likes of Jor­dan Ayew (inset) and said: “It’s the draw we wanted. Re­al­is­ti­cally we are not go­ing to win the cup but we want to progress.”

Ja­cob­son, 29, will be in­un­dated with tick­ets re­quests for the tele­vised game on BT Sport. He added: “My fam­ily are my big­gest supporters and will be there.

“But my brother Sam, who is a Villa fan, is gut­ted that he is at a wed­ding.”

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Joe Ja­cob­son is gear­ing up to face As­ton Villa where he will face the likes of Jor­dan Ayew (inset right)

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