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Gareth: Spirit against County was a plus point

17 December 2015

Gareth Ainsworth said his side were naïve with their decision making against Notts County on Tuesday night but praised his players' character for twice coming from behind.

The Blues picked up a point in the 2-2 draw in Sky Bet League 2, but the gaffer was left thinking what might have been as his side were unable to capitalise for nearly 45 minutes with an extra man.

“It’s tough playing against 10 men sometimes and you’ve got to give credit to Notts County, they came with a system that caused us problems early on and I was just about to change to a system which would combat that and they had a man sent off,” he said.

“We wanted to get the wide men into the game early on against their midfield and that wasn’t working but it worked against 10 men and the two goals we scored were from crosses, which is good.

“We should have worked that out better though and got more crosses into the box and more round the back of them rather than trying to go down the middle. It was disappointing to concede the second goal. The first goal they worked well and it was a penalty – we were a bit naïve to let that happen. But the second one is what really causes me concern straight after half time and it gave them a real fighting chance to get all three points.”

Ainsworth was pleased with his side’s spirit though, as they twice fought back from going behind to equalise and get something from the game.

“I was pleased we were able to get back in the game, it shows good character but against 10 men we want to be doing better than that,” he added.

“I always felt we were going to get the equaliser but it was the winner that was eluding us. We didn’t play with enough quality or experience. We were a bit naïve on some decisions and some passes and it happens. We wanted to get round the back of them and wide and a couple of communication break downs.

“We take a point, we haven’t been beaten, but we will be working on trying to get more crosses in the box, trying to get better finishes on it and making better decisions on the ball, and we will be working on that his week in training because we have a huge game on Saturday now against Oxford.”

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