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2 February 2017

Club News


2 February 2017

Boss looks ahead to Saturday's clash

There have been plenty of FA Cup shocks this season – and Wycombe almost provided the biggest of them all last Saturday.

They led Premier League title hopefuls Tottenham 2-0 at White Hart Lane and were 3-2 up with 88 minutes played.

But Gareth Ainsworth’s side were left heartbroken after conceding two late goals to eventually crash out in the fourth round.

Paul Cook believes they can hold their heads high, however, and anticipates a tough test at Adams Park this weekend. 

The Blues boss said: “What can you say? From one manager watching another, you felt devastated for them all.

“It was no surprise to see them get beaten at Exeter on Tuesday night after coming so close to a pivotal moment in their history.

“Great credit to them because they took a very strong Tottenham team all the way and everyone at Wycombe should be very proud.

“I don’t think people realise the quality they’ve got in their squad, but they also have a fantastic work ethic.

“Their rise up the league table might surprise one or two people, although I doubt it will surprise other managers.

“So if there is anybody who wants to underestimate Wycombe then they will do so at their own peril.”

Pompey have dropped a couple of league places in the past week, but Cook is not overly concerned by that.

He said: “You only have to look at Tuesday night’s results to see what can happen in football and with 19 games remaining, there’s still so much football left to play.

“I feel that we’ve got everything we need in our squad and now we just need to keep our focus.”

Watch Cook’s thoughts on the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for full pre-match video content.

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