Wycombe fall short in playoff push
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.”