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Gaz: A deserved draw

16 December 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says Wanderers deserved their late draw against Scunthorpe, but they should have taken some of their first-half chances against the promotion chasers.

Leon Johnson headed home a 96th-minute equaliser to earn the Wanderers a share of the spoils, but Blues were almost made to pay for missing three promising opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.

Ainsworth said: “I thought we deserved it.  First half we created some good chances and one-on-one situations. You have to take those and they are so precious - I’ve said that to the boys.

“Sam, Paris, Matt McClure all had chances and we work all week in training on how to create them and you have to take them.

“That would have been a totally different game, but if you don’t take them then you give other teams a sniff and they come back into it.

“They’re no mugs Scunthorpe, they’re a good, strong side who are well organised. They were fortunate with their goal as it took a big deflection and fell right to Deon Burton.

“It was a brilliant cross from Stuart Lewis and Leon Johnson was there in the right place at the right time.

“It’s a nice feeling because we’ve been on the end of it a few times. The last two league games we’ve scored in the last seconds of the game and it feels good, but now we need to turn these draws into wins and I’ll be doing all I can to do that.”

Ainsworth was forced to reshuffle his pack twice during the contest after losing Steven Craig to injury in the 42nd minute, before seeing Cowan-Hall limp off on the hour mark, and Blues’ boss believes those two setbacks had a big impact on his side.

He said: “It’s huge! You start with a team and you work with a system. Losing two of your key players is hard to take.

“I think Stevie could be quite a bad one and could be a muscle pull, which we haven’t had all year.

“I think Paris has twisted his knee so we’ll have to have a look at that one. It’s amazing, we got this squad in but we are still getting injuries.

“A lot of them impact, but we’ll manage and we’ll get it going again – I’m looking forward to going to Northampton next week.”

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