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Gaz: We need to dig deep

3 February 2014

Chairboys chief Gareth Ainsworth has called for character from his side after they slipped to third bottom in Sky Bet League 2.

A narrow 1-0 reverse at Bury means the Blues are only above the dotted line on goal difference, but the 40-year-old remains in defiant mood.
He said: "One mistake, one goal can cost us a lot and it’s shown today. There wasn’t much else in the game, it was two teams at the bottom battling it out and one mistake, one lack of judgement, and we’ve conceded and they’ve held on for all three points.

"We had chances but at the moment we are on a bit of a drought and there’s no goals going in. It’s something we have to address.

"You’re always disappointed after a defeat but I can’t fault their commitment. The commitment’s there, the lads are in there devastated, absolutely shattered.

"It’s that bit of quality in front of goal sometimes, a lapse of concentration for their goal, but there wasn’t much in the game."

He added: "I’ve told them for 12 weeks I want you to be prepared for a battle. We’ve got to dig as deep as we possibly can. We’ve got to put those chances away, we’ve got to not make those mistakes.

"I’m looking at it as an opportunity for someone to make a name for themselves – somebody to actually pull this club out of the trouble we are in. Someone out there on the field, do it.

"I’ve told them we have to dig deep, start hitting the target and start putting the chances away that we are getting. It's not rocket science.

"People are obviously going to get worried we are down the bottom. 22nd position isn’t great at all and we need to turn this round."

Ainsworth’s men entertain Accrington Stanley at Adams Park on Saturday and he knows how pivotal the game is.

He said: "I’ll be back next week, without a shadow of a doubt, working hard Monday to Friday to get the result against Accrington next week. It’s an enormous game, I’m under no illusions it’s not a big game. It’s huge for us.

"I’ve told the boys not to think about anything else now, we are in a relegation battle and we need to get out.

"We are at home against a big relegation rival and we need to turn it round. I can’t stress how big it is but it’s not just going to be that game. If we win that game and go 17th or something, the next game’s going to be huge to get up to mid-table."
He concluded: "I’m more than sure we’ve got enough in this dressing room. It’s a case of getting it all together on a Saturday on the pitch and beating Accrington."

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