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Gareth gutted but looks ahead

Blues boss on cup exit and Saturday's trip to Sunderland.

12 November 2018

Gareth Ainsworth was disappointed to exit The Emirates FA Cup at the first round stage vs Luton Town, but says all attention now moves to another big game in Sky Bet League One this weekend at Sunderland.

The Chairboys fell to a 2-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road after goals from Andrew Shinnie and Harry Cornick booked the Hatters' place in round two.

Ainsworth, speaking after the game, was unhappy with the manner in which the goals were conceded, but is hoping his side can learn from those mistakes and build on the positives ahead of taking on the Black Cats at The Stadium of Light this weekend.

“We wanted to stay in the game and the first goal was avoidable, definitely, we’ve picked the bones out of that already,” he said.

“It’s a great finish but he should never have been allowed to get into that position to attempt that finish and we work really hard on that .

“The second goal Adam has put his hand up in the dressing room and said ‘look, sorry boys that is my fault entirely’ and that is finished now for me, he’s devastated in there.

“It’s a tough one to take; they were the better team today I am not going to pretend that they weren’t, this is a massive club and they are going to be strong at home, they have got some really good players, but at 1-0 we can always manage to nick something and the second goal has really put them out of sight and given them some good breathing space.

“There are positives to take as well; Curtis Thompson I thought was very positive, Fred looked like he wants to take everyone on all of the time which is what I want him to do, Alex continuing to be a pain in the neck for defenders and Beany making his first start (after injury).

“I’m positive, but obviously I’m gutted because I think that is the first time in six years we haven’t made the second round which is not nice and I wanted to give that to the fans, they turned up in their numbers, in good voice and that’s tough to take.”

The FA Cup has provided a lot of great memories for Wanderers in recent years, but it also provided the club with a financial boost from prize money, TV exposure and ticket sales.

Saturday saw Wanderers fail to make to round two for the first time since 2012, and Ainsworth admitted the club will feel the effects of that, but says he is determined to achieve success with what he has.

“The prize money also means so much for our club but we are now going to have to do it the hard way.

“For three years football fortune has really helped out, I’m not saying the other sides of the business haven’t worked, they have, but keeping a football club going is a tough job.

“The Tottenham game, the Aston Villa game and even the prize money in the FA Cup goes a long way into plugging holes here and there, so that’s going to have an impact of course with contracts and loans coming up in January.

“I’ve got to work with the budget and try and make it work where I can keep these players. We’ve asked the fans for too much money in the past and I don’t want to be doing that, we are a League One side and I want to make it work but days like today help and unfortunately we have missed out on that today.

“We’re now going to have to get ourselves together for next week, which is Sunderland away which is a game I am really looking forward to.”

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