AINSWORTH LEFT PURRING AT STEWART’S CHAIR­BOYS RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Will Shilli­bier

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.”

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