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Ainsworth: Character came through

15 October 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says the fact that Wanderers twice recovered from going a goal down to beat Torquay 3-2 on Saturday shows the character within the squad.

Paris Cowan-Hall’s second-half double added to Jo Kuffour’s strike to give the Blues all three points and make it two wins in a week, following last Tuesday’s victory against League 1 Bristol City.

“I was a little bit emotional in the second half and I wanted to keep my head in the boat as we say,” said Ainsworth.

“The emotion really came through and I was so passionate about getting back into that game after Tuesday and getting the league form back on track.

“There were still a couple of things to work on in the second half, but the reaction they gave me was fantastic.

“They are tired lads and there have been two tough games this week. Keeping the same team was a good thing in hindsight, but we were quite flat in the first half.

“I thought there was a lack of energy and I asked for more in the second half and I got it. The lads who came on made a difference as well.

“This is what builds you, but it’s not a great way to have to do it - I’ve just had a text off my dad saying his pacemaker went crazy.”

Chairboys trailed at the break thanks to goals from former Adams Park loanee Ade Azeez and Krystian Pearce, and Ainsworth’s frustration was evident on the touchline.

 “I took a little whack on the dugout after the second goal,” he added.

“It was one of those things and it was the wrong place at the wrong time for the dugout. It was frustration that we had conceded from the corner.

“Our starting positions were wrong and with the zonal marking we do teams will come and try and undo us with tactics - we have to work those out before the delivery comes in.

“I did have to say a few words (at half-time). One thing we have is legs, enthusiasm and desire and I didn’t see it in the first half.

“ I put it down to a bit of a shellshock from them scoring two and also the emotion from the Bristol City game and getting through to the next round.”

However, those frustrations were to turn to joy when Cowan-Hall expertly headed in Josh Scowen’s corner to secure the spoils for the Wanderers – a goal that Ainsworth celebrated with a cartwheel on the sidelines.

He said: “The celebrations for the third goal were pretty special with Matt Bloomfield sprinting past me and risking a yellow card.

“I don’t know if the cartwheel was caught, I’m hoping not! I just got a bit carried away and I’m not sure there are many managers who can carry a cartwheel off.

“I’m not sure I can anymore, but my nine-year-old daughter will be proud of that one.”


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