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Positives outweigh disappointment

13 November 2013

Gareth Ainsworth has called on his side not to dwell on the dramatic defeat at Swindon, but instead to take the positives out of scaring the Robins into Saturday’s game with Cheltenham.

Blues pushed the promotion chasers all the way and led through Matt McClure’s first-half strike, but were pegged back through Nicky Ajose’s fortuitous equaliser.

Max Kretzschmar thought he had restored the Chairboys’ advantage four minutes from time, but his goal was controversially ruled out for offside, and the hosts went on to secure the win deep into injury-time thanks to Ajose’s second.

Speaking after the game, Ainsworth said. “It is heartbreak. The lads have given everything and I really believe that at this moment in time we should be looking at some penalties being taken.

“I’m absolutely devastated and everything went to plan, apart from that 90th-minute winner. We just didn’t see the game out, but I’ll be over this quick.

“The positives were the hard work, that the tactics worked and we stifled Swindon - for all their possession they didn’t have many shots on goal and they scored from a deflection and a free-kick.

“We did well and I’ll be taking this into Saturday. The fans were magnificent and got behind us really well. For want of a bit of luck we would have gone to penalties, but it wasn’t to be and we’ve got a big game against Cheltenham now.

“I want everyone to get up, all the fans and all the players. Get with me and let’s go against Cheltenham because I believe we can achieve!”

Kretzschmar’s late strike was chalked off as the assistant referee believed Josh Scowen was in an offside position and interfered with play, but on closer reflection the midfielder appeared to be onside and didn’t touch the ball.

Ainsworth added: “This offside needs clarification, is it second phase or third phase? It’s really confusing at times. From my angle and my opinion, which is only my opinion, I thought it was a genuine perfect goal and I didn’t see why it was disallowed.

“I spoke to the ref after the game, but that will stay private between me and the ref. I really believe we should have gone 2-1 up and I’ll have a look at the video, but I can’t believe anyone has interfered with Max’s shot.

“That’s football and we have to get over these decisions, we can’t keep blaming these. Hopefully it will even itself up in February, March, April when we need it.”

Tickets are still available for Saturday's visit of Cheltenham and start from £5 for juniors, £9 for young adults, £11 seniors and £15 adults. U7s are FREE. 

Season ticket holders who have not used all three of their vouchers can bring a friend for just £5.

Buy online, by calling 01494 441118 or by visiting the Information Centre at the ground.

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