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Gaz: Focus on rise up the table

18 February 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says his squad shouldn't lose sight of how far they've come in the last three months.

A fine run of form since November has seen the Chairboys climb from bottom of the pile to mid-table and Blues' boss wants his side to realise how much they've achieved.

“What we’ve been doing lately we’ve been doing really well and we can’t lose sight of that,” Ainsworth said. “We had a great run, picking up points and if we can just add a few more.

“The crazy thing is that a point could have taken us into the top half of the table, but a loss keeps us in the bottom.

“We want to keep pushing and it starts again next week (against Southend).”

Wanderers limited Bristol Rovers to few opportunities on Saturday, but Ryan Brunt’s goal 10 minutes before half-time earned the hosts all three points.

Ainsworth added: “I thought in the first half that we bossed the game for 30 minutes and then as soon as they scored we started panicking, doing the wrong things. 

“They came out and probably had the first 10 minutes of the second half, but after that I thought it was all us.

“The lads are disappointed and there were a few times when I thought we were going to stick it into the back of the net, but they’re fighting for their lives down here and got three points.

“We’ll regroup and go again for Southend. A few of the boys have given me things to think about so there are positives for next week.

Jo Kuffour has two penalty shouts turned down in the second half and Ainsworth believes the striker had a strong claim with one.

He said:“The first penalty shout was a quite a strong one but you don’t always get one. In the scramble at the end we nearly got something.

“There was one lapse of concentration which I wasn’t happy with, with a couple of players involved, and that led to the goal.

“Apart from that I don’t think Jordan had a save to make, but likewise I don’t think their keeper had a save to make. It was probably a point apiece but it doesn’t always work that way.”

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