Wycombe Wanderers boss Ainsworth says victory at Aston Villa would be a fairytale
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth admits victory in tonight's FA Cup replay at Aston Villa would be 'fairytale stuff' for the Chairboys.
The League 2 manager expressed sympathy for the current plight of under-pressure counterpart Remi Garde, admitting he went through something similar when the Chairboys had a dalliance with relegation from league football a few seasons ago.
But he is hoping to heap further pressure onto his shoulders by claiming a famous cup win at Villa Park.
With the carrot of hosting Manchester City's global stars in the fourth round, both sides will be desperate to go through, with Wycombe looking to pay off the debt they find themselves in and Villa hoping to kick-start what's been a woeful Premier League campaign.
Despite last week's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and this weekend's 1-1 draw against high flying Leicester City, they still sit rock bottom of the pile and are nine points from safety.
Wycombe are expected to take around 4,000 fans to tonight's tie at Villa Park, and the game is likely to generate around £100,000.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw at Adams Park Ainsworth said he knew what it would mean in the heart of his players to play at Villa Park, adding that was just as important as the money it will bring in.
Wycombe go into tonight's game off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United, but the Chairboys might have had one eye on this week's replay.
Ainsworth said that he hopes the side can add to the club's proud history by knocking out the Villans.
“This club is proud of its history, very proud.
“They have dinners, reunion dinners with the team that got promoted out of the Conference, the team that won at Wembley, the team that went on the FA Cup run.
“I’d love my team to be at a reunion in 10 years. How cool would it be to have the team that upset Aston Villa away? It’s all fairytale stuff but I’ve got a game to concentrate on.”
Elsewhere in tonight's FA Cup third round replays Reading host Huddersfield Town at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals will feel they should have got the job done first time around, but were denied victory thanks to an injury time penalty from Nakhi Wells in a 2-2 draw.
Goals from Matej Vydra and Hal Robson-Kanu gave the Royals a deserved 2-1 lead in the second half.
Reading would host Walsall, one of the pace-setters in League 1 this season, if they were to get through tonight.
Walsall saw off Championship side Brentford in the last round.