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SPOTLIGHT FOR SANCHEZ
(Saturday 27th January 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez was thrown into the media spotlight as the national and local media made the most of Wycombe's FA Cup victory over Wolves.
The Wycombe boss had admitted before the game that he was a bit blasť about reaching the Fourth Round having been there many a time as a player. However, after seeing Adams Park sell-out and Sam Parkin's late goal win the tie for Wycombe, even the normally super cool Sanchez was forced to raise a smile.
Commenting on the game itself he said "They probably deserved the goal to get back into the game. I didn't think we'd lose today but on our record I thought this is another replay".
"It was a great cross from Brownie. We were right behind it and Parkin isn't renowned for his heading ability but he's crept in behind him and got a tremendous header - Andy Rammell would have been proud of it. All I saw was the back of the net bulge. A couple of their players went down on their knees and you could see that was that"
19 year old Parkin was only given clearance to play in Cup during the week leading up to the tie with Wolves and Sanchez thanked the Premier League side. "Chelsea have got to take credit because they didn't let him play in round two and three but we went back to them when we got into this round and they thought about it and said he can"
Sanchez was invited on SKY's Goals On Sunday programme the day after the cup tie and praised the Wycombe fans for their efforts on the day.
"They made a lot of noise. I've had a little go at fans at times at Wycombe because we don't get the gates we should do for everything that's going on there. Yesterday those who hadn't been for a while came and it was brilliant. When we scored with ten minutes to go, the stand on the opposite side got up as one and they were on their feet - it was brilliant"
Sanchez was also delighted that the team had risen to the occasion with so many eyes watching the Club. "In previous times we've got to a situation where we've got a massive crowd at home and we've lost or drawn and it's always been an anti-climax. It could have been an anti-climax yesterday if we'd drawn. We would have been pleased but it would still have been an anti-climax. To go and win it with ten minutes to go, 10,000 people have left the stadium on a high and hopefully some of them will come back in the future"
The Fifth Round draw has given Wycombe another home tie against Middlesbrough or Sanchez's old club Wimbledon. That tie's another guaranteed sell-out and another step in Sanchez's plan to take the Club 'Onwards and Upwards'. However, if he were to mastermind putting one over 'El-Tel' at Boro' or the 'Crazy Gang' it would lift the Club into orbit.
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