There was certainly reason to be smiling after Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup match against Preston North End, which saw the Chairboys ease past their Championship opponents and into the fourth round with a 4-1 victory. Joe Jacobson was no exception to that rule as he spoke to us post-match about the win and what it meant to the team:
“You can probably hear the music going off in the changing room now! It was a really good win. We haven’t had a game like that for a long time where we took control from the first minute and things just fell for us. We haven’t had much luck this season, and everything we tried, especially in the first half, went in or created things, and we were confident. You could see that the players' confidence just grew and grew. That was the most satisfying performance we’ve had all season and it was nice for it to come in the FA Cup.”
Despite some strong performances, the Chairboys haven’t been able to pick up as many points as they would be hoping for. Although, the win against Cardiff in December, alongside this Preston performance, shows what Gareth Ainsworth’s side can really do, as Jacobson noted:
“Two very different performances. The Cardiff match was really about resilience and staying strong throughout the game. They came with a lot of power and we had to deal with that. I think today we more than showed that we’re also good with the ball and we played and created chances. On another day, I think we could have scored six or seven. It was the best attacking performance we’ve had all season and it shows that we’re a decent team and we can play both ways when we want to.”
Jacobson was also quick to praise new loanee Admiral Muskwe who slotted into the side seamlessly, bagging himself an assist in the process:
Although Muskwe didn’t make it onto the scoresheet, Jacobson made no mistake as he stepped up to the spot to slot home Wycombe’s second of the game. Perhaps it’s becoming a bit of tradition for our number 3, who also scored from the spot against Villa in the 2016 edition of the competition.
“If we get penalties, I’m there to step up and take them. I know that big Uche wanted to take one today but I wanted to score as well - it’s a special competition for me to play in and I actually think that the Villa game was my first penalty for the club.”
The squad will now be looking forward to the fourth round draw on Monday night, although Jacobson doesn’t seem too set on any particular team he’d like to face in a couple of weeks’ time:
“I think we’d like something at home. It’d be nice to get one of the big teams here just to prove yourself but then again, there’s also a few smaller teams in the competition that we fancy our chances against. We want to keep winning games and progressing in the competition. Whoever it is, we’ll look forward to it, we’ll want to win and we’ll try and have a cup run this season.”
You can watch the full interview with Jacobson, as well as a post-match chat with Alex Samuel and the Gaffer, on iFollow now.