Chairboys chief Gareth Ainsworth says his side’s below-par second-half display was the reason behind their 2-1 defeat to Bury.
He said: “We were the better team first half but we defended poorly second half and the goals were probably avoidable. We took an onslaught from Bury and we didn’t handle it well. We didn’t play the right attacking football.
Wanderers’ cause wasn’t helped by the sending off of Matt Bloomfield at 1-1, however, the 40-year-old refused to point to that as the turning point.
Ainsworth’s men were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to Anthony Stewart’s strike, but the Shakers scored twice in the final 25 minutes to seal victory.
“The sending off didn’t help but it wasn’t the reason. Believe me, there were other mistakes apart from the sending off. We got what we deserved in the second half - a defeat.
“The game didn’t hinge on that. We defended - and played – badly as a whole second half. We had a couple of chances and started very brightly. To win the game and put it to bed you have to take those.”
He added: “In my opinion we’re better than that. We are young and it’s not an excuse but we are going to make mistakes and sometimes it’s going to look very naive. We’ve got to front people up quicker, we’ve got to put pressure on the ball quicker.
“We panicked a little bit instead of keeping the calm heads, and that’s young kids for you. When we’re 18-years-old and something’s against us, we haven’t experienced it before and that’s when you panic a little bit.
“The older heads have had this before and know how to handle it. But I wouldn’t swap any of them for anyone.”
Wanderers were on a three-game winning streak going into the game and Ainsworth was to keen to look at the bigger picture.
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He said: “I think people have got to look at the last four games and not just today. That team has had three victories and a defeat – I’ll probably take that pattern from now until the end of the season, I think any manager would.”