Ainsworth demands better as Chairboys pay for errors
Manager refuses to hide behind referee’s blunder and demands more individual skill
GARETH Ainsworth refused to hide behind the horrendous refereeing clanger after Wycombe’s defeat to struggling Barnet.
The Chairboys were denied the opening goal when Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 15th minute header was chalked off because man in the middle Graham Horwood blew the whistle seconds earlier for a foul on goal provider Paris Cowan-Hall.
However, Ainsworth did focus on how his team fall away to lose 2-0 to second-half goals from Mauro Vilhete and Bees’ leading scorer John Akinde.
“The referee has apologised to me already and said he should not have disallowed the goal, but it happens,” he said.
“Everyone knows the way I feel with refs at the moment: they have got to be professional, but the game did not hinge on that.
“It was a very disappointing second half and we’ve got to be better than that.
“People were not taking the bull by the horns and taking responsibility on some passes. There was a lot of passing the buck – just not good enough.
“We have got to be standing up to the challenge of beating teams who come here with very route one football. But fair play to Barnet – they have done a job on us today.”
Ainsworth was in no mood to feel sorry for his players who contributed massively to their own downfall. Both goals came from defensive mistakes, while Akinfenwa’s disallowed effort apart - they created little.
“We needed more individual skill out there which the players have got, the manager added.
“There is a big Bayo (Akinfenwa) on the pitch, but if you are going to hit balls into him, then those balls have got to be better than they were, otherwise let’s work it wide and get behind them and get cross- es in, and we did neither today.
“It’s a horrendously defended first goal by us. We are going to have to look at that and make sure that doesn’t happen again because we’ve gifted it away.”
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