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Gaz: Dave's set the standard

5 March 2013

Gareth Ainsworth has told his team to follow the example set by skipper Dave Winfield.

Winfield played a key role in the heart of the Wanderers defence during Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town and finished the game with a bloodied nose following one of a number of clashes with Town striker Jon Parkin.

Ainsworth said: “Dave Winfield had a huge battle with Jon Parkin and Jon Parkin must have a lot of respect for Dave Winfield now.

“He bullies a lot of people and is a big unit. He’s done that all of his career and made a very good career out of being a big target man.

“Dave gave as he good as he got and some. He came off with a big gash on his nose and I saw at the end of the game that they shook hands and said good battle, which is fantastic to see.

“It was two warriors out there, giving it their all. I’ve told the lads to have a look at Dave’s face, that’s what it takes to win a game and that’s what he has done for us.”

“It was awesome. The way he leads the team typifies us.”

Chairboys sealed the win with Anthony Stewart’s 89th-minute header and Ainsworth believes his side’s high fitness levels are the result of their hard work on the training ground.

He said: “In the second half they had a couple of headers but I thought they didn’t really trouble us. We finished really strong and the group is fit and strong.

“I don’t think we scored in the last 15 minutes of a game up until three weeks ago, now we can’t stop doing that. It’s great to see. It was a fantastic result and the lads worked really hard.”

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