Gaz is left a-Gape by loa­nee Dominic

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ryan Martin

SCOTT Kashket’s re­mark­able goal-scor­ing run may have con­tin­ued but Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth re­served spe­cial praise for on-loan Southamp­ton man Dominic Gape.

This was not the Chair­boys’ most com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory of their ten-game un­beaten streak but, in truth, Chel­tenham never looked like grab­bing the equaliser af­ter Kashket fired home in the ninth minute.

The 20-year-old has now scored an in­cred­i­ble nine goals in his last seven games but mid­fielder Gape – whose loan deal ex­pires on Tues­day – is an­other man Ainsworth hopes sticks around in Jan­uary.

“Dominic’s per­for­mance was out­stand­ing,” ad­mit­ted Ainsworth. “He has calm­ness on the ball and tenac­ity off it and he will be an im­por­tant player for us to keep hold of.

“What pleased me the most about the re­sult was that we were av­er­age and won the game.

“Suc­cess­ful teams do that and that was the biggest plus out of this match. Chel­tenham made life very tough for us in the sec­ond half but we man­aged to come through that.

“I’ve got a lot of re­spect for Gary John­son, and if his teams keep play­ing like that then they’ll def­i­nitely stay up.”

Strike part­ner Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa smartly teed Kashket up to fire home from 20 yards past Rus­sell Grif­fiths – and the man of the mo­ment proved a thorn in the Robins’ side all half.

Kashket was booked af­ter ref­eree Kevin John­son de­cided that he had dived in the penalty area and Wy­combe had an­other ap­peal turned down for hand­ball.

Chel­tenham, in trou­ble down in 23rd place, ral­lied af­ter the break and went close with a Harry Pell header be­fore sub­sti­tutes James Day­ton and Amari Mor­gan-Smith made im­pacts with their own ef­forts.

Their best chance of the half fell to Dan Hol­man, but former Robins goal­keeper Scott Brown was equal to it – now boss Gary John­son has called for the ‘fight­ers’ in his team to front up in Jan­uary.

“Peo­ple have been train­ing with us so they know changes in the trans­fer win­dow are go­ing to hap­pen, but you’d ex­pect them to want to be a part of those changes,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to change the whole XI so some will keep their places.

“If they’re shrink­ing vi­o­lets and have al­ready got their chins on the floor be­cause they think they’re on their way, we don’t want them any­way – be­cause they’re not the fight­ers that we need.”

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