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Gaz: Response warranted a point

4 March 2014

Gareth Ainsworth says he was delighted with the way his side responded to going a goal down at Southend, as the Chairboys came from behind to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Barry Corr headed the promotion-chasing hosts in front in the 63rd minute, by Wanderers were only behind for seven minutes as Paris Cowan-Hall’s stunning long-range strike crashed back off the crossbar and hit Southend keeper Dan Bentley before crossing the line.

“We didn’t drop our heads (after Southend opened the scoring), when we started attacking in the second half on the counter we looked dangerous,” Ainsworth said.

“We had a stroke of luck, I won’t beat about the bush, but how many times have I said we haven’t had the rub of the green? That definitely is the rub of the green today. Their keeper had a great game today and he didn’t deserve that, but maybe we did.

“We could have won it but they could have won it as well. I’m pleased with the point. A point is a good point away from home, especially as a few teams have dropped points today.”

Cowan-Hall had only been on the pitch for five minutes before grabbing the crucial equaliser, and Ainsworth revealed that the reason behind the forward’s introduction was to exploit tired legs in the Southend defence.  

He said: “I felt that was the way the game would pan out today. They would be strong and we’d have to handle the physical challenge first, and Matt McClure and Stevie Craig are very good at that.

“You put your flair on at the end and maybe open things up when they are tired, and it worked like that.

“It’s really good when it does but by the same token we’re not getting carried away, it’s not a genius decision and a little bit of luck as well.

“In days gone by we’d maybe have not got back into games as quickly as we’d have liked, and that was a great response.”

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