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Make the town proud? Yes we can, says Gareth

19 January 2016

Gareth Ainsworth says his side will take a positive mindset into the third round replay at Villa Park as they look to fulfil their dream of an FA Cup upset.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of the trip to last year's finalists, the manager explained how his players can call on past experiences to spring a surprise against the Premier League giants.

"Each and every one of you have achieved a 'yes' moment in your life where you've achieved something you weren't expected to," he said.

"The same goes for my boys here; they've all got these 'yes' moments in their head and if they can all bring them with them onto the pitch at Villa Park then we have a chance. We can do this."

Wycombe will be backed by more than 4,000 fans at Villa Park and Ainsworth says it will be an experience to enjoy for everyone associated with the club on and off the pitch.

"I want the players and the fans to embrace this because it's for them. It would be a real upset - a fairytale - and there's something in me that says we can match anybody on our day.

"The FA Cup means a lot to me. Cup final day brought a standstill to the Ainsworth household every year when I was growing up. It was brilliant to put the build-up on the television and gave me a love of the FA Cup that has stayed with me. It's the oldest cup competition in the world and we should all be proud to be in it."

The return to Villa Park will spark memories of the team that reached the semi-final at the same stadium in 2001, and the boss hopes his current generation will be remembered and revered in a similar fashion in years to come.

"This club is very proud of its history. They have 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?"

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