AINSWORTH LEFT PURRING AT STEWART’S CHAIRBOYS RETURN
GARETH Ainsworth is already overwhelmed with options at Adams Park and the Wycombe manager is excited to use them.
The Chairboys kicked off their campaign with victory over York, bouncing back from their play-off final heartache last season.
And Ainsworth revealed he is particularly pleased to have Anthony Stewart back in the fold after the former Wycombe man returned to the club this summer.
“It’s a great start and it’s really nice to see some of the new boys taking on how we play and how we do things here,” he said.
“There were some great individual responses but the team is the big thing for me. I had substitutes who were really desperate to get on and that’s great for me as a manager. We’ve got strong players in several positions and it’ll be an interesting season.
“Anthony Stewart has been here before but he took a year out to find his feet elsewhere. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
“You can’t deny a player the chance to play at a higher level. It didn’t work for Anthony this time and I thought ‘Wow I’ll have him back!’”
Wycombe took the lead within ten minutes as Stewart, making his second Wander- ers debut following a spell at Crewe, capitalised on a mistimed defensive header to poke the ball home.
Then, new signing Garry Thompson managed to stay on his feet long enough to thread the ball through to Aaron Amadi-Holloway, whose low shot was fired low into the net.
The second half was uneventful up until the hour mark, when Amadi-Holloway pressured York defender Stephane Zubar, whose touch back to the goalkeeper was way too hard, and he ended up lobbing his own keeper from 20 yards to make it 3-0 to Wycombe.
York threw on some reenforcements but to no avail as Wycombe saw the rest of the match out with ease. And Minstermen boss Russ Wilcox was left ruing Zubar’s costly error.
“It happens,” he said. “As a former defender I know it happens. You just have to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and it will happen again because that is what happens to a centre half. Zubar needs to get up to speed, and that’s the key.
“Wycombe is always going to be a difficult place to come.We started the game really well holding the ball, and our wing backs caused problems and then we gave a soft goal away. The lads are down and I’m disappointed for everyone involved with the football club because it’s not the result we wanted.”