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Ainsworth: We're due a cup run
WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth said his side are overdue for a cup run as they prepare to start their Johnstone's Paint Trophy campaign at Exeter on Tuesday.
Ainsworth said he wants a return to the glory days of the last decade when Blues famously reached the semi finals of the League and FA Cups.
The Johnstone's Paint Trophy represents the club's most realistic chance of getting to a Wembley final and Ainsworth said he will be taking next week's tie very seriously.
He said: "About two or three years ago under Gary Waddock we had a couple of good wins in the cup. We haven't really progressed as I'd like, to the glory days of 2001.
"I'd love to be able to bring those days back. A cup run in any competition would be fantastic, whether JPT or FA Cup.
"I would never take a cup lightly. I want to go and win every game and I believe we can. Whoever it is in front of us, we'll give our all."
Wanderers made the area quarter finals of the competition last season thanks to a win at Portsmouth, before they were beaten by Yeovil Town.
Some teams use the trophy as a chance to blood some of their fringe players but Ainsworth said he'll be sending out his strongest possible team at St James’ Park.
He said: "The rules state you have to play quite a strong side but even if we didn't have that rule I'd be doing that anyway.
"I want to win the game against Exeter, I want to progress in the cup. We were close to progressing in the Capital One cup, which would have been fantastic, so why not go to Exeter and beat them?
"If we're going to go all that way down you may as well come back with something and we want to come back with a win."
Tuesday’s game has an earlier than usual kick off time of 7.15pm.
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