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Ainsworth: It's all about the players

17 September 2013

Gareth Ainsworth has played down his role in Wanderers’ 3-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

For the second week in succession Ainsworth’s changes had an immediate effect, with substitute Matt McClure setting up the first two goals and fellow replacement Jo Kuffour assisting the third.

However, despite the impact his decisions had, Blues’ boss says it was the players on the pitch that deserve all the plaudits.

“The players deserve the credit,” Ainsworth said. “I can only put them on the pitch and ask them to do what I’ve asked them.

“I was up early in the morning thinking about different permutations, reading match reports and seeing how Plymouth would play against us. That had a bearing on my selection.

“I always knew I had firepower on the bench. The goals came from players already on the pitch, but Matt McClure, Jo Kuffour and Matt Bloomfield played a big part coming off the bench and seeing the game out for us. Matt McClure’s becoming the assist man now.

“It was always going to take something special to open it up because it was a very even game.

“Sam’s goal opened the floodgates for us. It was a great strike which really deflated Plymouth and from then on I thought there was only one team in it.”

Chairboys went into the break level with the Pilgrims, but a fine second-half display secured a fourth successive win, and Ainsworth believes the day the squad spent with Marlow Rowing Club during pre-season helped their concentration levels after the break.

“I said at half time, ‘Keep your eyes in the game, in the boat’ – a reference to the rowing we did earlier in the season,” revealed Ainsworth.

“When you’re in that boat, you can’t think of anything else. You can’t be looking outside that boat and checking to see what’s happening around and getting distracted. You get the job done and keep yourself focused and that’s what we did in the second half.

“Plymouth were going to have chances, but concentration levels were at their height and it was brilliant to see.”

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