Ainsworth de­mands bet­ter as Chair­boys pay for er­rors

Man­ager re­fuses to hide be­hind ref­eree’s blun­der and de­mands more in­di­vid­ual skill

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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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