AINSWORTH HAILS DE­FENCE

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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.”

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