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The big preview - Crewe

8 November 2013

Wanderers make their first appearance in this season’s FA Cup on Saturday when they welcome League 1 side Crewe Alexandra to Adams Park (k.o 3pm).

The two sides met at the same stage 12 months ago with the Railwaymen comfortably seeing off a depleted Blues side 4-1. 

Chairboys go into the game on the back of last weekend’s dramatic 1-1 at Accrington Stanley, while Steve Davis’ Crewe side also drew last time out as they were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Bradford City.

The Alex have endured a difficult start to the season and currently lie in 22nd place with 13 points from their 15 games.

Gareth Ainsworth – speaking to Chairboys Player

“Revenge is a dangerous word. Once you start talking about that then you’re setting yourself up for a fall.

“We’ve got a stronger squad and I believe we have better players this season. I believe we’ve come on as a team, a squad and in general as a club.

“With a full squad hopefully we set our stall out a little better. It will be a tough game, but I’m hoping the result won’t be anything like it was last year.

“We’re the underdogs and I know it will be a tough game, but I believe we are more than capable of beating anyone and hopefully we can perform like we have in recent cup games.

“People will obviously make the comparisons a year down the line in regards to have far we’ve come. I know how far we’ve come and I don’t need to make any comparisons.

 “If the performance is anything like it has been for the last few weeks – barring the second half against Bury - then I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

Steve Davis – speaking to Crewe’s official website

“Wycombe have a big squad. We do as well but they have just as many and they have a blend of experience and youth.

“It will be a tough game, regardless of what division they are currently in. We have struggled against League 2 clubs this season and we will need to produce a professional performance to get the job done.

“We have to go there with the right attitude and make sure we are positive and not think about the result going the other way. Our priority is to make sure we are in the draw for the second round and we have prepared exactly the same way.

“I think Gareth has done a good job there. He had a fantastic playing career and has made the adjustment into management. It is tough but he has worked hard and he has put his faith in some young players. 

“He is building something there and given time I am sure he will have them back up there challenging for promotion.”

Team news

Wanderers will be without suspended duo Josh Scowen and Matt Bloomfield, but other than that Ainsworth has a fully-fit squad to choose from with loanees Nick Arnold, Charles Dunne and Billy Knott all eligible.

Crewe are missing Steve Phillips, George Ray, Matt Tootle, Mathias Pogba and Ollie Turton, but Lee Molyneux could feature after returning to training following illness.

Ryan Colclough, Thierry Audel and Michael West have also returned to training, but are unlikely to be risked.

Odds

Wycombe 7/5
Crewe 15/8
Draw 12/5

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