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Gareth: I'm ready to build again

26 May 2015

Gareth Ainsworth says he has nothing but admiration for his players and looks ahead to a bright future for the club.

The Blues boss guided his side to their best ever points tally in a Football League season, one which saw them come agonisingly close to a play-off final triumph over Southend United before the Essex club snatched victory via a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium.

Ainsworth was characteristically positive afterwards and said his players should take pride in their efforts.

"I am proud and optimistic for Wycombe Wanderers," he said. "I'm ready to build. I've had a great taste of what we can achieve; it's been a phenomenal season and I'm really looking forward to starting again.

"The players are down and they have given everything. But I'll be telling them to look at the bigger picture. It's been an amazing turnaround and I have nothing but admiration for the players, the fans and the staff."

"I told them that nobody leaves the stadium with their head down. They should be proud of the season because I'm certainly proud of them."

The gaffer stood shoulder to shoulder with his players to applaud Southend's players as they collected the trophy at Wembley, and says it was important to show respect at the end of an enthralling encounter where both sides gave everything in pursuit of glory:

“It is about respect and it is about what Wycombe Wanderers stands for; doing things the right way.

“I’m not going to change football on my own but you have to be respectful for your opponents and I wanted them to stand there and almost look at it and feel it. I want them to want it next year.

“It was a respectful moment because they stood up to us and tied with us over 120 minutes and there aren’t many teams who have done that this year, so well done Southend. I've had defeats and bad moments in my career, but this wasn't a bad moment. We were part of a momentous battle."

“Wycombe Wanderers will fight another day in League 2 and I can’t wait."

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