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Gaz: Moment of magic settled tie

9 December 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says one piece of brilliance was all that separated his side and League 1 Preston North End on Saturday.

Kevin Davies’ stunning 25-yard volley booked Preston’s place in the FA Cup third round, but Wanderers had chances of their own, especially late on, to force a replay.

Ainsworth said: “There wasn’t too much in it, only a world-class strike from a very good player. Kevin’s proved what he can do and it was what was between the teams.

“I was really pleased with the way we performed, really pleased with the way we stirred at the end and we nearly got the equaliser – their keeper’s probably had to make better saves than our keeper has.

“It was a great goal that separated the two teams and I’ve said to my lads ‘don’t worry about that, it happens and we’ll get over it’.

“It’s just sticking it in the net. We created chances and I’m sure against League 2 opposition we can stick these in.”

Ainsworth added: “People are seeing what we are trying to do – get the ball down, attacking formations and trying to get at them.

“With a little bit of luck on our side we might have got the equaliser. We take on Scunthorpe next week, I’ll get the lads up for that one and we’ll go again.

“If we had got a corner I’d have sent Matt Ingram up again. It was a great ending to the game, our fans were behind us urging that ball to go in the net - unfortunately it didn’t fall for us but on another day it will.”


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