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Gaz: Joel's goal deserved top billing

12 November 2012

Boss Gareth Ainsworth says Joel Grant’s goal against Rochdale on Saturday was worthy of the Premier League.

minute when he received the ball from Stuart Lewis on the right, played a one-two with Dennis Oli, beat one defender and coolly chipped the ball over Josh Lillis from eight yards.thAshley Grimes opened the scoring early on for the visitors, but Grant levelled in the 25

Ainsworth said: “It was a bad start after five minutes, but I thought Joel Grant’s goal showed individual class. If you saw that in the Premier League you would be talking about it all night, it was a great finish.

“A lot of managers have spoken to me about Joel and said he’s so frustrating, but I aim to take that frustration out of him and make him a complete player. He is working harder than he ever has done on the wing and he knows about it. He has that touch of class and that can get you higher and further in this game.”

Wanderers more than matched their play-off chasing opponents before going down to a cruel deflection in injury-time, and despite the defeat, Ainsworth is taking plenty of positives out of the performance.

“We definitely didn’t deserve to lose,” he said. “In fact I think we might have edged it on chances and we could have won. 

“I’ve said to the boys that if we play like that for the rest of the season then we will be nowhere near the bottom two. 

“The performance was really important and what we worked on was attacking play and I think we showed that in bundles.

“To match a team in eighth or ninth speaks volumes of how far we have come. We did well and were dealt a cruel blow in injury time. That happens and it’s up to me to pick them up for next week.”

Ainsworth added: “The chances were there. The one thing I will say is that when we get our chances we must take them. At a professional level you don’t get a lot so you have to take them or they come back and bite you.”

.Chairboys PlayerYou can watch Grant’s goal again and the rest of the highlights from the game on 


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