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Ainsworth: A platform to build on

10 July 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says the Chairboys have laid down some solid foundations ahead of the new season.

Tuesday’s 3-0 success at Eastleigh made it successive victories and clean sheets for the Blues since they returned to action, with the Wanderers impressing against their Blue Square South opponents.

“I’ve said to the boys that we’ve got a great base to work from,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.

“There are things to work on because there were mistakes, but on the whole I’m so pleased.

“Deano took his penalty really well, Springy took his goal well and I’m pleased that Jon-Paul scored because he deserved it with the amount of work he did.

“A few of the players are finding out that the harder they work off the ball the more joy they get on it. That’s something that me and Joel Grant used to speak about a lot.

“The more I can teach them that the better. If you work hard then you get the chances, and when the chances come then you compose yourself because they don’t come around every minute.”

Josh Scowen and Gary Doherty were missing from last night’s squad, but Ainsworth says neither are major injury worries.

He added: “Josh has got a stiff groin and we pulled him out of training. We had a bit of shooting practice and he felt it a little bit so I said ‘there’s no point tonight’.

“Likewise with Gary Doherty. At this stage of his career he doesn’t need to play every pre-season game, so we’ll pick and choose the ones for Doc.”

New signing Tommy Fletcher (18) was partnered at the heart of the defence by Kortney Hause (17) in the first half, with Nick Arnold (20) and a trialist completing a youthful back four.

However, the quartet comfortably coped with the home side’s attack and Matt Ingram was rarely called upon in the Wanderers goal.

Ainsworth said: “We looked at the back four in the first half and the average age was about 18/19, but you wouldn’t have known it.

“Tommy Fletcher is over the moon to have joined us and he’s learning every game. He deals with the first ball very well.

“He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s got all the tools and I believe he could be a great player.

“Kortney we know is a great player. Again he has a lot to learn, but what a pass for the first goal, which Deano took on his chest and then did the Dean Morgan thing.

“Stuart Lewis had an outstanding first half and he’s come back fit, strong and seems even better on the ball then he was last year.

“It’s all boding well, but I’m not getting carried away. I always get excited because that’s who I am.”

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