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Gaz salutes a special strike

26 February 2014

Gareth Ainsworth says Max Kretzschmar’s stunning long-range strike at Exeter was worthy of winning any match.

Kretzschmar curled a superb 35-yard effort over Christy Pym for the only goal of the game and his second winner in the space of four days, and Blues’ boss says that the 19-year-old is fast becoming a key player in his side.

“Saturday was a momentous effort, but I think that tonight even outdid that,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.

“They put everything into it and what a win. What a goal to win it as well, Max Kretzschmar does it again with a fantastic strike that was worthy of winning any game.

“Reece Styche caught the goalie off his line minutes earlier and he was unfortunate not to score as Reece is still looking for his first goal.

“Max then showed them how it’s done and it was good enough to win any game. We’ve always been patient with Max Kretzschmar but he's scoring some goals now.

“I’m just glad I’ve got him signed up for a couple more years - he’s definitely becoming a big asset to the club.

“I said to Max ‘what about the one you missed, we’re going to work on your short finishing because I can’t teach you anything about your long finishing’!

“With the energy he had he managed to go through in the second half and Max could have had a brace tonight, and he would have deserved it.”

Ainsworth added: “The players are dead on their feet and that pitch was very heavy. The going would be very heavy if it was a horse race and it really did take its toll on their legs.

“From the back five and the lads in midfield tracking runners, we dealt with everything that Exeter chucked at us and we had a few chances ourselves.

“Overall I thought they had the better of the first half, but in the second half we broke on them quite a few times and had chances.

“We’ve got resilience and this is what we've been waiting for. Thank you for everyone for sticking by me; the fans, the board and my players. I’m so proud and they deserve it.”

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