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Ainsworth: Football was the winner

11 November 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says the supporters that were at Adams Park on Saturday were treated to a great game of football.

Ainsworth’s men entertained the crowd during the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the FA Cup, but the Blues boss wishes more fans would have been there to see it.
He said: “I'm sure people who didn't come will hear about it from the people who did. It was a good exhibition of football, some really good passing stuff.

“We are growing with each game and getting more confident each time we are out there. The progress we've made in a year and the youth we have is great. I'm really encouraged.”

The two teams will now go head-to-head for a second time at the Alexandra Stadium on Tuesday 19th November, with Preston North End at home the prize for the victors in round two.

Ainsworth said: “It was a little bit nervy at the start. It was a worldy goal from Anthony Grant, but I thought we well deserved to be back in the tie.

“Being the better team second half people may think we shaded it but I thought Crewe probably had the better of the first half. If I'm being honest a draw was probably a fair result.

“But I thought we played really well. The way we knocked it about, second half especially, was really special. With a little bit of luck I think we could have had two or three goals.

“As you could see at the end of the game both teams were really going for it because I don't think the replay was desired by either manager.

“We've got it and I'm full of confidence going up to Crewe now in ten days' time.

“The big thing was to be in the hat and we've done exactly that.”

The 40-year-old saved a special mention for Paris Cowan-Hall, who scored in a fine first-half display before being substituted with a slight calf injury.

“I didn't mind a header in my day!” he said. “If he can keep that up, I know he can finish with his feet and I'm sure he will get more chances with that.

“It's great for him. He's a great person to work with. His enthusiasm and willingness to work and learn off me is something special. Paris has got a good career ahead of him.
Ainsworth added: “We were worried that if he carried on he was going to strain his calf. With the big squad, there's no point not using it, and I thought Max Kretzschmar came on and did well for himself.”

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