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Gareth: "We've got this solidity and belief at the moment"

24 April 2017

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with his side's performance in the 2-1 victory over table topping Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park.

A first half brace from Luke O'Nien was enough to hand the Chairboys a priceless three points to ensure the play-off dream was kept alive ahead of the trip to Morecambe this weekend.

Another impressive display from Wanderers pleased the boss, speaking after the match.

"We deserved to win today against a superb team with a brilliant manager," Ainsworth said.

"They've torn teams apart this season and I was well aware of that in the week when planning the team and the formation, and I know that doesn't always go right but today we managed to get the result we needed.

"I was so pleased with the performance; we've got this solidity and belief at the moment, just at the right time."

A week is a long time in football, and even longer in this play-off race. Many looking from the outside in may well have written off Wycombe after the Good Friday defeat to Mansfield, but six points in six days have closed the gap to the play-offs to just one point, and the resilient Chairboys have no plans of slowing down says the boss, with two left to play. 

"Being written off is not such a bad thing sometimes because there is no pressure and we want to prove people wrong," he added.

"To be in the right in the hunt at this stage of the season is fantastic and we have a chance now to get through the back door, but we've got a couple of big games to go yet.

"The table is mental, and teams below us will be saying they are only three points off the play-offs and we're lucky enough to say we're only one point off the play-offs, but we can't relax and think we're closer than anybody else, we need to make sure we go for this.

"We're only three points off fifth, which is what I want to go for, and if we have to fall as a cushion into the play-offs then great, but we want to strive to finish as high as we can.

"We've got Morecambe next Saturday where the last couple of seasons have been tough against them, but we're hoping it's third time lucky and we'll have a go up there to try and set up a momentous game here."


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