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Ainsworth praises battling Blues

20 January 2014

Gareth Ainsworth spoke of his pride after seeing his side push Oxford United all the way with 10 men on Saturday.

He said: "The result was sickening for a few seconds but then I thought what a great performance and what spirit the players showed. I’m proud to put my name to that performance.

Ainsworth’s men more than held their own following Steven Craig’s early dismissal, only to have a deserved point taken away late on by a superb strike from Nicky Wroe.
"To every Wycombe Wanderers fan, although we got beat and it’s the local derby and that hurts, you can go home knowing that the spirit’s alive and the passion’s alive. Every player on that pitch was superb.

"With 10 men it was always going to be difficult, and it’s taken a wonder goal to beat us. If we play like that for the rest of the season then there’s plenty more wins for us.

"It’s a results business, but performances are what I look at and to play like that it's fantastic. It’s not time to start worrying about anything, if we keep playing like that we’ll get results and there will be no problems.

The Chairboys were clapped off the field at the final whistle by an understanding Adams Park crowd and Ainsworth was full of appreciation for the fans' support.

"There’s a group of lads here that will run through a brick wall for me. They’ve got my back and I’ve got theirs."

He said: "When things are going bad, you know who’s there for you and there were two or three thousand there for me.

Thank you for what you did for the players at the end because after all their efforts, they were dead on their feet. Thank you for clapping them off like you did because you were superb. It means a lot and you can’t take moments like that away from our boys. Going forward we’ll remember this and we will repay you, we want to repay you. I’ll make sure that we’re up for that."

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