AINSWORTH HAILS DEFENCE
GARETH Ainsworth says Wycombe Wanderers are finally becoming the hard-to-beat side of two years ago again following Saturday’s win over Morecambe.
The Chairboys class of 2014-15, who combined hard graft with solid defence and intensity going forward, came so close to promotion before losing the play-off final on penalties.
They have struggled to hit those heights since, but Ainsworth has seen signs of that spirit returning to the side over the past few weeks.
“I’m feeling a comparison to a couple of years ago in that we’re not nice to play against – which is great – and solid at the back,” said Ainsworth on Saturday. “If that can continue, we will pick up more points than we lose.
“But the win is not what’s pleased the me most, it’s the consistency we’ve had over Portsmouth, Doncaster and today. We’ve been able to keep pretty much the same side, which is important, and while it isn’t good for those not in it, that’s part and parcel of football.
“Injuries have played a part in us not being able to name a consistent side week, in week out, which is not an excuse, it’s a fact. We do things a bit differently here, the intensity caught people out and we picked up some injuries.”
Wycombe were never really troubled by Morecambe and after dominating the first half, found their shooting boots in the second half before making sure they saw the game out at the other end.
Ainsworth added: “Sometimes we play too open as we feel like we should have scored and we commit too many men forward, but the shape I played today doesn’t allow that.
“We need to keep it secure at the back, as we still have young, inexprienced lads learning their trade.
“I’m really pleased with some individual performances, but it was a brilliant team performance. One win doesn’t make a season though, there will be plenty of twists and turns yet.
“I’m not getting carried away, it’s one win. We were 22nd at half time and now we’re 16th, three points off sixth place. You cannot judge who’s the best team at the moment. We’re only in November.”
Result! Luke O’Nien celebrates scoring against Morecamble