Wy­combe fall short in play­off push

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Black­ham

THEY may have missed out on the play-offs but Wy­combe man­ager Gareth Ainsworth re­fused to be down­beat, in­sist­ing a pro­mo­tion push was very much on the agenda again for next sea­son.

Start­ing the day in 11th and ninth re­spec­tively, it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask for ei­ther Wy­combe or Cam­bridge United to make the play-offs.

In the end Scott Kashket’s sec­ond-half goal saw the two swap po­si­tions in the ta­ble with the Chair­boys ul­ti­mately a point off ex­tend­ing their sea­son.

But Ainsworth, whose side avoided rel­e­ga­tion out of the Foot­ball League on goal dif­fer­ence just three years ago, was look­ing at the pos­i­tives.

“I’m look­ing at three years, not 46 games, and where we are is fan­tas­tic com­pared to what the club has gone through,” he said.

“I said to my staff half­way through the sec­ond half that what­ever hap­pens, what a per­for­mance to fin­ish with and what con­fi­dence this will bring go­ing into next sea­son.

“At half-time I checked the re­sult and said ‘two goals, one for Wy­combe and one for Yeovil and this could hap­pen.’

“There was a great mo­ment at the end where Sam Saun­ders came over to me with about 25 min­utes to go and asked ‘what do we need gaffer?’ and I told him we need about eight goals, Sam.

“We got one and that was enough for the three points and that was a real de­served win.

“We’ve im­proved year on year; if we im­prove again next year then we won’t be far away at all.”

Kashket should have opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond minute but volleyed wide of an empty net af­ter do­ing all the hard work.

He also blasted wide on the stroke of half­time be­fore fi­nally latch­ing onto Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa’s knock­down to head in on 65 min­utes.

Leon Legge’s ef­fort blocked on the line late on was Cam­bridge’s best chance, leav­ing man­ager Shaun Derry in a re­flec­tive mood. He said: “In terms of the two good chances they had, with the great­est re­spect to Gareth and his team, that was us giv­ing them chances, we tried very hard to shoot our­selves in the foot in that first ten or fif­teen min­utes, thank­fully it didn’t come off for them.

“When you’re try­ing to man­age a foot­ball club and you re­alise two vi­tal cen­tre for­wards are miss­ing you try and not make it a big is­sue, but I can be frank now af­ter 45 games in a sea­son and say if we had those two play­ers the chances are we’d be in a bet­ter po­si­tion.”

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