Forrester strike is big blow for Gareth
WYCOMBE Wanderers’ defeat to relegation rivals Bury was a bitter pill to swallow but boss Gareth Ainsworth is determined to right the wrongs.
Anton Forrester’s strike in the first-half and an unyielding defence in the second earned the Shakers their first win since the start of January.
But Ainsworth was keen to look ahead rather than reflect on the loss, which extended their winless run to seven league games.
“It was a hard result to take, especially against one of our rivals,” he said.
“We have to dig deep against Accrington Stanley now and I have told the boys to not think about anything else.
“We are in a relegation battle and we’ll work hard to get out of it.
“We had a few air-shots and a couple of close shaves and we just can’t seem to end the goal-drought at home.
“But, there are no worries and we look forward to the next match. It is going to be a huge game.
“I think I have enough in the squad to turn the results around and I am not surprised the fans are worried.
“But I am in charge to put it right and I’ll be doing that next week.”
Bury were keen to score their first goal since New Year’s Day and Forrester’s instinctive 12th-minute volley looped tantalisingly beyond the post.
But Forrester hit the spot in the 34th minute, as he rifled the ball into the bottom corner of the net from Craig Jones’ assist.
Wycombe looked to up the ante and Nick Arnold’s long-range strike worried Brian Jensen, who had to tip over as half-time approached.
The hosts looked to make the three points safe early in the secondhalf, but Ashley Grimes steered his shot harmlessly into the side-netting.
Wycombe poured forward as the full-time whistle approached, but Bury held firm with manager David Flitcroft pleased with his team’s character and application.
“When the muck and bullets are flying, sometimes the young players can go under,” he added.
“But the spine of the team is very good and we have a lot of good leaders, both in the squad and out there on the pitch during the game.
“I thought some of the creativity in the first-half was outstanding.
“To play one-touch football on that sort of pitch takes bravery and courage.
“I enjoyed the first 30 minutes, and the final hour was just a battle and we really had to dig in as a team.
“We have shown two sides of what we can do.
“I see a team progressing and that is what we want to do.”
STAR MAN CRAIG JONES