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Gaz: Didn't play to our strengths

7 October 2013

Gareth Ainsworth refused to be too downbeat after seeing his side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion.

A late Matt McClure goal was not enough to give 10-man Wanderers a share of the spoils, with a double from Billy Kee securing all three points for the visitors.

But despite this, Ainsworth was in reflective mood when speaking to the press post-match, with his side still in mid-table after 10 games, just three points of the play-off places.

“The first half wasn't good enough,” said Ainsworth. “We showed in flashes what we can do in getting the ball down and that was the way to beat this team, but too many times we went down the throat of [Burton defender Ian] Sharps and he was sending big headers back into our box.”

The 40-year-old was frustrated by his side’s lack of creative play in the defeat, believing that to be one of their main contributors to why they came off second best.

He added: “I told them at half-time once you get the ball down and the full-backs wanted to get on the ball and start passing through midfield, that was the way to get success today, and we didn't recognise that until too late.

“We went too long too many times. Getting the ball down and trying to play through people was the way to do it.

“We had a game-plan to get going - I thought we started the second half well, but going down to 10-men is hard at any level. Burton played very well with 11 on the pitch.”

Ainsworth also praised the impact substitutes Max Kretzschmar, Josh Scowen and Junior Morias had in the latter stages of the game.

He said: “I felt the lads who came on injected a bit of pace and energy into this team and that’s why we got the goal back, but we left ourselves too much to do in the end.”

 


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