(Sunday 8th April 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez is sure that Wycombe's historic FA Cup run this season is just the catalyst for greater things. Speaking to the press after the game at Villa Park the Wycombe boss said "We are going to come back. It's the beginning not the end."
Sanchez paid tribute to his players on a day where they had risen well beyond the call of duty "All you can ask for a team is for them to give their best and I'm proud of what they gave today. It was always an uphill task with the quality that you're playing against but for 75 minutes I thought we defended really well. Heskey powered in a header that perhaps we should have done better on and Fowler scored that free-kick. That's the quality of player that you pay £60,000 a week for."
Sanchez added "Credit to us though, we didn't give it up. We got a goal back which was nice and at the end it was still interesting."
The confidence of the Manager and the players prior to the game still meant that there were a few tears after the game "I'm disappointed. I thought we'd get to the final. I've now got to pick myself up and pick the players up and play a League game on Tuesday away at Swansea. They're disappointed. There's lads in tears in there. They believed as well we could do it."
The ten game run has captured the imagination of the press and Sanchez thanked the media for their positive coverage of The Wanderers and even invited them back to the team hotel in the evening where Sanchez said the players would be holding a short 'wake'. "It's been a magnificent run and the one thing that everybody feared I think involved with the Club was that we would be on the end of a disappointing result today. It's over now and we've got to start planning for the rest of the season and get this season over with in the League. We need a couple of wins, then we can plan for next year."
Sanchez is expected to be given a large slice of the estimated £1m generated from the cup run to help build his squad for next season "With the money we've got from the cup run this year we hope to build our team. We've got a solid base for the team. We'll add one or two players in the summer. We'll have Devine, McSporran, Emblen, Baird and Rogers fit for next season, that's five new signings who haven't kicked a ball for most of the season. We'll bring in one or two players to the squad and this time next year I'm hoping to be talking to you because we've got promoted. This isn't the end of the Wycombe story, this is the start."
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