Pompey want another exciting Chairboys showdown

Christian Burgess celebrates scoring in the 4-2 win against Wycombe at Fratton Park in September. Picture: Joe Pepler

Christian Burgess celebrates scoring in the 4-2 win against Wycombe at Fratton Park in September. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY are hoping for another attacking showdown after drawing Wycombe in the FA Cup.

And chief executive Mark Catlin insisted the Blues will take the competition seriously after being handed a meeting with the Chairboys in the first round.

Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Cook’s men will meet Gareth Ainsworth’s side on the weekend of November 5 and 6.

That means they will renew acquaintances after meeting in the league last month.

Pompey ran out 4-2 winners on that occasion in game lit up by Conor Chaplin’s superb headed goal.

Chief-executive Catlin is hoping for more of the same when they meet again.

He said: ‘A draw at home is what you’re always looking for.

‘Wycombe are a good team and they are always hard to beat.

‘It was only a few weeks ago we played them in the league.

‘That proved to be a good spectacle and it would be good to see plenty of attacking football again.

‘Hopefully we can have a repeat of that.’

Pompey enjoyed an encouraging run in the FA Cup last season, as they reached the fourth round before losing to Premier League Bournemouth in a nip-and-tuck contest.

Macclesfield, Accrington and Championship side Ipswich were defeated before Pompey lost to the Cherries.

Catlin believes that run indicates Cook affords the competition importance.

He said: ‘We had a good run in the Cup last season.

‘The league is the priority, of course, but we all know there is romance attached to the FA Cup and it can provide a boost.

‘Paul Cook will certainly be taking it seriously.’

- JORDAN CROSS