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Gareth: "We're back on track"

2 November 2015

Gareth Ainsworth says his side's performance at Mansfield was a sign that they've returned to their usual high standards.

Speaking to Phil Catchpole during his post-match press conference (which can be seen on Chairboys PlayerHD here), the Blues boss says each and every player contributed massively to the 2-0 victory at the One Call Stadium - and the 12th man in the stands deserved the special thanks they received from the jubilant manager after the final whistle.

"I had to go over to the fans at the end," he said, having broken from his usual tradition of remaining low-key at the final whistle whatever the result. "They never stopped singing all game and I'm sure the Mansfield supporters will agree. Our fans have played a huge part in that win.

"On the back of a tough run, it's hard but we still give our all. Some people are very active and quick to jump on you when you lose, but the fans were brilliant and we need more like that."

Ainsworth was delighted with the performances of his players all over the pitch, and says they stuck to the game plan to overcome the in-form Stags.

"I can't pick a man of the match. We're back to what we are with energy like you wouldn't believe. We knew where Mansfield's threats would come from and we dealt with it.

"Sam Wood and Michael Harriman are running on empty after the job they've done stopping their attacks down the wings. It was Jason McCarthy's first win for us and he put in a really good performance. Aaron Pierre was back to his best. It was a great goal for Aaron Amadi-Holloway, and Luke's passed a fitness test to come through for us and get his goal. We put Marcus Bean in the hole in front of the defence and he did so well. We were well worth the win.

"The quality can get a touch better but this is League 2 football; we're not Man City and we're not going to rip teams apart with 20-pass moves. We've come through a sticky patch and this is big for us.

"We're a small squad punching above our weight, but with those fans behind us, I'm a happy man and I feel we're back on track."

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