Ainsworth re­fuses to give up on Wem­b­ley

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jor­dan Davies

WYCOMBE Wan­der­ers boss Gareth Ainsworth has chal­lenged his side to win four of their next five games in one fi­nal push to make the play­offs.

The Chair­boys re­main three points off the pack af­ter only man­ag­ing a 3-3 draw against a ten-man Chel­tenham in a game that pro­duced a red card and two late penal­ties.

De­spite fail­ing to win in their last four home matches, Ainsworth be­lieves his side are still in with a shout of a po­ten­tial Wem­b­ley date, and should aim for 12 more points, start­ing with Mans­field Town on Fri­day.

“We need 71 points to make the play-offs,” he said.

“In re­cent years, it’s been around that. We have the squad to get there but we can’t ex­pect to go up if we play like that.

“We are punch­ing above our weight in terms of where we are in the ta­ble and ques­tions are be­ing asked if we can ac­tu­ally do it.

“We are gut­ted be­cause points have gone our way in other games but we couldn’t take ad­van­tage.

“We need to win four out of five to get the play-offs and we only have one point here.”

Chel­tenham took the lead af­ter seven min­utes when Billy Wa­ters tapped in Ja­mal Black­man’s fum­ble for his 13th of the sea­son.

Harry Pell latched on to James Rowe’s cross to make it two shortly af­ter, be­fore Garry Thomp­son pulled one back with a neat flick af­ter 20 min­utes.

Jor­dan Cranston’s clumsy chal­lenge on Matt Bloom­field saw him re­ceive his sec­ond yel­low af­ter be­ing booked for time-wast­ing, and Thomp­son’s vol­ley from a tight an­gle lev­elled it.

Ja­cob­son’s 81stminute penalty, af­ter Thomp­son was fouled, looked to have won it for Wycombe but when Danny Wright was felled in the box by Michael Har­ri­man, Wa­ters saw his spot­kick saved but turned in the re­bound for a point.

Tem­po­rary Chel­tenham boss Rus­sell Mil­ton in­sisted that his rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers were happy to take away a point, but ad­mit­ted that they cre­ated their own prob­lems through­out the match.

“We would have taken a point com­ing here any­way, they’re a good side,” he said.

“It’s prob­a­bly more dis­ap­point­ing for them that they didn’t beat us.

“We made silly mis­takes though. We talked about keep­ing 11 men on the pitch as it’s cost us a lot this sea­son but we did it again.

“We’re go­ing to be fine. Our char­ac­ter has been ques­tioned but to come away from home and get a point with ten is great.”

STAR MAN GARRY THOMP­SON Wycombe

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