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Ainsworth buoyed by display

13 January 2014

Gareth Ainsworth says his side’s showing in the 1-1 draw with Morecambe has given him heart going into the second half of the season.

Ainsworth’s men controlled the majority of the game at the Globe Arena but had to settle for a point after Kevin Ellison’s effort cancelled out Paris Cowan-Hall’s opener.
“It was a superb performance,” the 40-year-old said. “We said what we were going to do – it’s alright saying it but to back it up is something different. We backed it up and I thought, to a man, we were the better side.

“Coming to Morecambe on an horrendous pitch – but I’m glad the game went ahead, the referee has done fantastically there – I think we’ve done well to get a point.

“We could have nicked it at the end after having two cleared off the line in the last five minutes.

“We’ve conceded one shot on our goal. Matt’s had one shot and he didn’t get there, but it wasn’t his fault.

“We had a few things in the final third where the quality could have been that bit better, but we’re building.

“I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen and we’ll take that into Oxford next week without a shadow of a doubt.”

Wanderers’ midfield four - Cowan-Hall, Josh Scowen, Stuart Lewis and the returning Matt Bloomfield - were central to the improved display and Ainsworth was keen to highlight that when he spoke to the press post-match.

He said: “The midfielders were big talkers in the meeting last Sunday. They had to put their words into plan on the pitch and they did it.

“They said they want to get back to where we were. We probably tried to take too many steps forward and now we’ve come back to the way we were playing earlier on in the season and last season.

“It’s was a real in-your-face game and I thought the midfield was superb.”
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