‘This one’s for the loyal fans’

Wan­der­ers boss Ainsw Ainsworth says pro­mo­tion will be a jus just re­ward

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLAY-OFF FINAL PREVIEW - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GARETH Ainsworth hopes a play-off fi­nal ap­pear­ance at Wem­b­ley goes some way to pay­ing back the Wy­combe Wan­der­ers fans who stuck with him i in the dark days. The Chair­boys will go head-to-head­head-to with Southend United for the right to play LeagueLea One foot­ball next sea­son af­ter knock­ing out Ply­mouthPly en route to the arch. A pitch in­va­sion e en­sued as over­joyed Wan­der­ers sup­port­ers stormed the Adams Park turf to cele cel­e­brate an in­cred­i­ble turn­around in for­tunes­fort at the club in the past 12 months months. When theth crowd even­tu­ally dis­persed in Buck­ing­hamshire, the Chair­boysCh came out for a lap of hon­our in stark con con­trast to the one they un un­der­took a year ago.

Wy­combe only re re­mained a Foot­ball League team on the fi­nal day of last sea­son in dra­matic fash­ion as th they re­lied on Bris­tol Rov Rovers’ mis­for­tune to stay up at Torquay. There were calls for Ainsworth’s head from some sec­tions of the crowd when­whe Wy­combe per­formed the same rit­ual af­ter los­in­glosi to rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Rovers on the penul­ti­mat penul­ti­mate week­end.

Those days are long g gone now though, with the Wan­der­ers man­age manager hailed as a hero for the way he has or­ches­trate­dorch a push for pro­mo­tion and re­built the side into a win­ning­ma­chine.

Ainsworth said: “It is a pride that fills me in­side. They stuck by me, gave me faith and I hope I have re­paid that faith.

“I’m a re­ally luck­y­luck guy. I was stuck by when things were go­ingg re­ally bad. It was fan­tas­tic to stay in thet league last year and we’ve just kicked on this year.

“The team spir spirit and char­ac­ters we have here are ama amaz­ing – it’s one of the best dress­ing room­sroo I’ve known in 25 years in foot­ball.

“I want to m make sure Wy­combe Wan­der­ers never re­turn to the days they had last year. The club is turn­ing around slowly off the pitch and I’m very op­ti­mistic about t the fu­ture.

“Things just seemse to have hap­pened the right way thisth sea­son – An­drew Howard com­ing in as chair­man, the sign­ings gelling so quick and with in­juries – we’ve beenbe lucky.

“I’m re­ally pleased­ple that I’m able to lead such a great,grea small squad out at Wem­b­ley. It w will be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all, b but the most im­por­tant thing is the build­ing­buildin blocks that are be­ing put in place to get this club to a solid base.” Wy­combe will be fac­ing a S Southend side who saw off Steve­nage 3-1 af­ter ex­tra time in a mag­nif­i­cent League Two play-off semi-fi­nal sec­ond leg to se­cure a 4-2 ag­gre­gate victory.

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