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Gareth: "Let's try and win all four games and see where we are"

15 April 2017

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth reacts to the 0-1 defeat to Mansfield and looks ahead to the trip to Barnet on Easter Monday.

The Chairboys' Easter weekend started with 0-1 defeat at home to Mansfield Town on Good Friday, despite some heavy pressure on the Stags' goal.

An impressive display from the Mansfield back-line in the second half earned the away side all three points after an early opener from Krystian Pearce; a result which stretched the gap between Wycombe and the play-offs to four points with four games remaining.

Ainsworth's side have the chance to bounce back quickly on Easter Monday at the Hive Stadium, and the manager, who praised his side's efforts vs Mansfield, is on the hunt for four wins from four to keep the play-off dream alive.

"When their goalkeeper gets Man of the Match, you know you've had a good game," Gareth said, reflecting on the Mansfield loss.

"I thought we passed well, we probed, we kept working hard and there was only one team in the game for maybe 70 minutes and that was us.

"I'll put my name to that performance without a shadow of a doubt, and I'm pleased with all my boys.

"We've done everything but score, and if we got one I think we would have won the game, but there have been bodies chucked in front of the goal, there have been scrambles, but we get probing.

"Now we'll see how we go on Monday, because I want to win, we have to win, if we don't win on Monday we are out of it.

"By some crazy chance we're still in this, we're four points off the play-offs, we've won seven on the spin earlier in the season, there's no reason why we can't win four on the spin now, so let's give it a go.

"When a team performs that way and gives you everything they have, as a manager you can only be proud of them, and sometimes this game can be cruel and it's been cruel to us today, but let's try and win all four games and see where we are."

Barnet provide an intriguing test on Easter Monday, with their league status almost secure and all but mathematically out of of the play-off race.

With the Bees now under the stewardship of Rossi Eames following the departure of Head Coach Kevin Nugent on Saturday, they will have one eye on building for next season and Ainsworth is expecting a stern test.

"Barnet have got nothing to play for, and it's tough when you face teams like that.

"We don't do it easy here though; we stayed up by the skin of our teeth three years ago, we stayed in this division by the skin of our teeth two years ago and last season was probably a quiet season for Wycombe Wanderers, so we don't do it easy and you never know.

"We had a fairy tale a couple of years ago, there is no reason why we can't have that again as 70 points I believe will get you in the play-offs this season, so if we win all four games we'll have 71 and I think it would get us in the play-offs, so let's go for it."

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