Ainsworth rol­lick­ing does the busi­ness

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

GARETH Ainsworth in­sisted his half-time blast was what inspired the Chair­boys to in­flict a first home de­feat on Ex­eter – and send his side soar­ing to sec­ond in the ta­ble.

The Wy­combe boss ripped into his play­ers af­ter they gifted Ex­eter a num­ber of first-half chances.

And the rocket had the de­sired ef­fect as Joe Jacobson fired home a stun­ning free-kick be­fore Garry Thompson sealed the win with an em­phatic fin­ish.

Ainsworth ad­mit­ted: “We weren’t good enough in the first half by a long shot.

“There were some choice words said at half-time and I gave them a rol­lick­ing. Our pass­ing was ter­ri­ble and we changed our game a lit­tle bit.

“Ex­eter tried to slow the game down and we started play­ing at their pace. That is not us – we are a high energy team and we weren’t click­ing.

“I told the lads I wanted a re­ac­tion and they an­swered the call.

“We took our chances re­ally well in the sec­ond half and saw the game out well.

“This is a tough place to come and I am de­lighted to get the three points.”

Matt In­gram twice came to Wy­combe’s res­cue in the open­ing stages af­ter nick­ing the ball off Joel Grant and stick­ing out a leg to deny David Wheeler.

Ex­eter con­tin­ued to threaten with Will Hoskins hook­ing a volley wide and Grant wast­ing a glo­ri­ous chance by fir­ing over from close range.

A mo­ment of con­tro­versy came on the stroke of half-time af­ter it ap­peared Jor­dan Moore-Tay­lor was hauled back as he shaped to shoot on the edge of the six-yard box.

But ref­eree Stephen Martin sparked out­rage amongst the home sup­port­ers by wav­ing away ap­peals to leave the game goal­less at the break.

Ex­eter were left to count the cost as on 51 min­utes af­ter Lee Holmes tripped Luke O’Nien on the edge of the box and Jacobson whipped a de­light­ful free­kick into the top cor­ner for his first goal of the sea­son.

Even worse was to fol­low six min­utes later af­ter Grant gifted pos­ses­sion to Michael Har­ri­man and he picked out the run of the un­marked Thompson who smashed the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Ex­eter boss Paul Tisdale said:“We didn’t take our chances when we had them in the first half.

“And other than the lead up to their sec­ond goal, which was poor play, I thought we gen­er­ally did pretty well in this game.

“They play very well as a team, they de­fend ex­tremely well and work hard for each other.

“But we had the chances to win and we need to con­vert those into points.”

STAR MAN GARRY THOMP

SON Wy­com

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