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Ainsworth eyes cup surprise

4 December 2015

Gareth Ainsworth believes the trip to Millwall is a timely distraction as the Wanderers fight for a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Blues travel to The Den tomorrow (Saturday, k.o. 3pm) for the second round clash on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

“It’s out of the league so it’s probably good timing for us after a defeat like we had,” he said. “We haven’t been beaten by three goals in a long time.

“It was a great strike for the first goal but the next two goals disappoint me as we were panicking. We were almost trying to get back into the game too quickly and not thinking about defending right and we paid the price with a 3-0 defeat.

“So we are trying to put that right with Saturday’s game. It’s a no pressure game but we would love to get to the third round of the FA Cup. We all know what prizes it can bring both on and off the pitch, but nobody expects us to do it away at The Den.”

Ainsworth has positive memories of his visits to south-east London with the Chairboys, having made his debut there in a 2-0 win in 2009 and making an impression on the then Millwall manager Ian Holloway, his former boss at QPR, during the narrow 1-0 defeat in the Capital One Cup last season.

He said: “I have good memories of my debut at The Den; we won 2-0 and I remember it well.

“It was the same then as it’s going to be on Saturday. The atmosphere will be charged and we gave them a real good game in the League Cup last year. Ian Holloway was very surprised at the intensity and commitment that the players had got and I’m happy to say that we’ve got that again this year.

“We’ll be taking that with us with nothing to lose. We are going to go there and everyone expects their name to be in the third round and it’s great to be true underdogs.

“Saturday comes round really quickly and it’s a fantastic occasion in the second round of the FA Cup. If we had won at this stage last season Liverpool would have been on the cards so to have a carrot like that in front of Wycombe is fantastic. I know that Tuesday will be a distant memory when we kick off on Saturday.”

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