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Ainsworth: Jo deserved his goal

9 January 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says Jo Kuffour has been an “unsung hero” for the Blues since making his debut in early September.

Kuffour broke his Wanderers duck with a second-half winner against Chesterfield last Saturday and Ainsworth was quick to praise the striker for his all-round displays and work-rate since joining the Wanderers.

“Jo’s an unsung hero,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.  “At Plymouth the other week the amount of running he did was outstanding. The amount of work he does opens things up for people and he’s probably assisted in quite a few goals this season.

“He’s a goal-scorer and a centre forward and he needs goals. When Jo Kuffour is scoring he’s a handful. Hopefully that can be the start of a run.

“If a forwards not scoring and you’re not winning games then it becomes highlighted, but if you’re winning games and your striker isn’t scoring then it becomes less of a problem.

“He doesn’t have to score, but we need to win games and if he pitches in with goals or assists it doesn’t matter. He’s a striker who scores and then goes on a run and touch wood he can do that for us.”

Ainsworth also highlighted the recent performances of 17-year-old centre-back Kortney Hause, who was also on target against the Spireites.

He said: “Age means nothing to me because ability and form is important and I will pick teams on that. If Kortney keeps performing the way he does then he will keep playing. I’m sure he’s got a big future because he’s showing us some things and looking very assured at centre-half.

“People like Anthony Stewart, who is on the bench, is a big player for us as well and it’s great to have these options. Kortney has had four games now in a real short space of time and we’ve not been able to get much coaching into him, but he seems very accomplished and playing beyond his years at centre-back.”

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