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Ainsworth: Play like that again and ultimate prize awaits

10 May 2015

Gareth Ainsworth says he's excited for the second leg of the play-off semi-final after his troops recorded an excellent 3-2 victory at Plymouth.

The result means Wycombe need to avoid defeat against the Pilgrims at Adams Park to progress to the final at Wembley Stadium, having given themselves an excellent advantage in the first leg.

"I'm really pleased," he told after the game. "The boys and I would have taken a one-goal lead from this game and that's what we've got. We handled Plymouth really well, we kept them to a minimum and that's not a bad result at all.

"They had 15,000 fans making all sorts of noise but we had more than 800 diehards who never stopped singing and they're buzzing with that win, just as I am. It's all to play for now."

The margin of victory could have been greater after Argyle pulled themselves back into the tie with two late goals, and the Blues boss says injuries to all three strikers played a part in the Pilgrim's resurgence:

"There are a few things we could have done better, but we lost three players up front and it disrupted us. We're a small squad so it's tough, and we have to make do with players out of position sometimes. That makes it even more of a good performance, so we go again on Thursday and if we get a clean sheet then we all know the reward.

"I'm sure Plymouth will throw everything at us and we'll have to stand up to it, but if we play like that again, we'll get the ultimate prize."

Ainsworth said he hopes to have all three players fit again for Thursday, with the possibility that Matt Ingram could return after missing the first leg through injury.

"Dobbo, Baz and I will get our heads together and see who's fit. Hayesy's got a nasty gash and a few others have got little injury complaints but we'll recover. We've got them in for a warm down tomorrow (Sunday) and we'll do what we can to make sure everyone's fine for Thursday.

The 'gaffer' had extra reason to celebrate with it being his 42nd birthday on Sunday, although he has no special plans other than focusing on Thursday's clash at Adams Park.

"I'll wake up a happy man, another year older with a few more grey hairs, and just looking ahead to Thursday, that's all!"

Book now for the second leg at Adams Park - you can buy online if you have a previous ticket history on the system from this season, or call 01494 441118 or visit the Information Centre during office hours (9-5.30, Mon-Fri) with proof of address and/or evidence of having attended a game this year.

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