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Garde admits to relief as Aston Villa edge past Wycombe

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde was more relieved than anything after seeing his team progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Villa defeated Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at Villa Park in the third round replay and the Frenchman was happy to see his players overcome a tardy start to pick up their second win in three outings.

Asked if he felt a sense for relief, Garde said: "Yes, you can say that. But I think the result has taken a long time to come but it is fair.

"We were disappointing for the first hour or so, technically poor. But then we started to play more collectively and simple and I am happy with the result.

"The team I started tonight had good players and we should have done better.

"We were the Premier League team tonight and I didn't see that. But everyone knows this type of game is sometimes a trap and we got the victory."

Second-half goals from Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gueye saw Villa through to the next phase of the cup where they will meet Manchester City at home on January 30.

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