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Ainsworth hails ‘outstanding’ Blues

7 August 2013

Chairboys chief Gareth Ainsworth says his side can be proud of their performance in the defeat to Leicester City.

"Every supporter who sang their heart out tonight should go home proud because I certainly am going to go home proud. Every one of those players gave me everything and then something.

"It was a cruel blow but I feel like a winner tonight," said Ainsworth. "The way we approached the game, the way we performed and the way we stood up to a Premiership promotion contender was outstanding.

Sean St Ledger struck in the final seconds to secure the Championship side a 2-1 victory and a place in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
"My over-riding emotion is pride and I can see a good future from these last two performances. I want to bring the good times back to Wycombe Wanderers."

He added: "The players are going to need lifting but they gave me everything they had and then some as well.
"They are tired more than deflated, I think some of the
players said to our lot during the game that they will do well in League 2.
"To have confidence like that from your peers who have played Championship and Premiership level just shows you that Wycombe are not walkovers any more, certainly not under me."

The 40-year-old was full of praise for Jo Kuffour, who scored a superb equaliser and collected the man-of-the-match champagne.

He said: "Jo Kuffour's had his knockers since he's been here. He's always needed a pre season. People don't realise he joined halfway through the season last season and missed out on pre-season.

"He's had a really good pre season, he's come back strong and fit and fast - people don't realise how quick Jo Kuffour is."
On his goal, Ainsworth said: "To swivel like that and put it in the corner, I'm so pleased for him. You could see what it meant to the rest of the lads as well."



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