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Gaz: Players bought into the system

9 October 2013

Gareth Ainsworth heaped praise on his side after they put in an impressive display to beat Bristol City on Tuesday and advance through to the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint trophy.

The 40-year-old made four changes to Saturday’s defeat against Burton, as well as changing formation, and the alterations paid dividends as a scintillating first-half display ultimately gave the Chairboys a two-goal cushion which the Robins couldn’t overturn.

“We have come off the rails a little bit recently, but tonight we bounced back and I thought we made Bristol City look very ordinary in the first half,” said Ainsworth.

“It's really encouraging the way things have worked. The full backs give you width - Sam Wood and Nick Arnold especially did that really well. 

“We have a lot of good midfielders at this club so why not play as many as you can in a system where you want to encourage passing?

“First half we tried a new shape and a change of personnel. We worked on it in training this week and I was really pleased it came off.

“We've got players who can play. Billy Knott can find pockets (of space), Paris was fantastic with the way he led the line. Stuart Lewis and Josh Scowen are renowned for their tackling and winning the ball back but they took to it really well.”

Ainsworth now has a selection dilemma on his hands for this Saturday’s game at home to Torquay, which brings an end to a three-match spell at Adams Park.

He added: “The squad were fantastic tonight, we still have big players out but now there is a strong competition for places at the club, so it’s a welcome dilemma for me.

“I’ve now got to make sure we’re ready for Saturday and hopefully get back to winning ways in the league against Torquay.

“It’s important  that we can keep in touch with the top half of the table going in to the second half of the season as I’m hoping we can kick on then.”

Two adults, a junior (8 to 18) and a child (7 & under) can watch Saturday's clash for just £30.

Regular prices start from £7 for juniors, £11 for young adults, £13 for seniors and £17 for adults. Blues Card holders will receive a £2 discount on individual tickets.  U7s can enjoy this and every other league fixtures for FREE in the Family Stand.    

Buy online, by calling 01494 441118 or in person from the Information Centre at Adams Park.

By Sean Gallagher

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