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Gareth: We'll be up for the cup

Blues boss previews Hatters cup tie.

8 November 2018

Gareth Ainsworth insists he will be naming his strongest side possible at Kenilworth Road this weekend as the Chairboys prepare to take on Luton Town in the first round of The 2018/19 Emirates FA Cup.

Wanderers head to the home of the Hatters having previously met their League One counterparts in the domestically back in early September, where the fixture ended honours even in a 1-1 draw at Adams Park.

The manager, previewing the game on Thursday morning, is expecting another spectacle with Luton with the last 0-0 draw between the two sides coming just under 10 years ago, and with the added intrigue of a cup clash thinks it could well be a cracker.

“Some teams may opt to rest players in the FA Cup but Wycombe Wanderers will certainly not be doing that," he urged.

“The league of course is important but this competition is important to us too. This is the oldest club cup competition in the world and we want to give it the respect it deserves and I always will do.

“I love this competition; it is going to be a partisan atmosphere at Luton which is always the case when we go there, but given it is a cup tie I’m sure that will add that extra little bit of spice.

 “There is always drama when we face them, home and away, and I couldn’t even tell you when the last 0-0 draw was between these two teams.

“Of course I don’t want to jinx it by saying that but I’m sure there will be another derby-like atmosphere on Saturday. Luton is a big club and we are hoping we can upset the apple cart on Saturday.

“We all know what getting to round three can mean for our club, and hopefully we can bring home some cup magic with us.”

The manager is hoping to travel to Kenilworth Road boosted by the return of some members of his squad who have been ruled out by injury in recent weeks, as he provided the press with an injury update.

 “Both Anthony Stewart and Nathan Tyson have returned to full training and both are big names who will have huge parts to play for us this season," Ainsworth said.

“Nathan was superb last season at Kenilworth Road and I’m sure Luton will be hoping he is not fit enough for Saturday and we will be hoping for the opposite.

“Harriman and Akinfenwa both picked up knocks against Walsall and were both rested on Tuesday night but have a very good chance of playing this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to putting a strong squad out against Luton and we’re hoping the magic of the FA Cup will be truly alive come full-time on Saturday.”

Click here for all the ticket information for this weekend's FA Cup tie at Luton Town (10/11).

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