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Gareth: Positives to take despite cup defeat

Wanderers manager discusses Carabao Cup tie vs Fulham and looks ahead to Port Vale.

9 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth was pleased with the overall performance of his players despite going down 2-0 to Championship side Fulham in round one of the Carabao Cup at Adams Park on Tuesday night.

A Lucas Piazon 25-yard stunner and a Denis Odoi header secured the Cottagers passage to the second round of the competition.

Wanderers kept the Cottagers at bay for the first hour and created a couple of good chances to open the scoring themselves, which pleased the boss ahead of the trip to Port Vale this weekend.

"I'm gutted that we are out of the cup as it is always nice to have a cup run but I thought there were some good performances out there from the boys," Ainsworth said.

"There was a change in formation which enabled me to play Jack Wiliiams for his full debut and I thought he did very well.

"It enabled us to see some players fans haven't seen play yet this season and there was a lot of positives for me.

"I'm just disappointed about conceding from a corner because that is bog-standard no matter what league you are in and we've got to defend corners right.

"2-0 is always hard to get back from because a good passing team like Fulham are going to keep the ball well.

"So there were some disappointing bits, but on the whole I am pleased."

Wycombe now turn their attentions to Port Vale, who are in cup action themselves on Wednesday night at Leeds United, and Gareth is hopeful of having a near fully-fit squad to choose from for the League Two clash at Vale Park.

"I know Port Vale are playing on Wednesday night against Leeds so we will get a day's more rest which could be important," he added.

"The selection on Saturday I am hoping will be from a more or less fully-fit squad, though people will be asking where Scotty (Kashket) is and he is still a little bit away but Anthony Stewart has trained this week so there is the potential that he could join up with the squad.

"I am hoping Paris' knock will subside as it was only a blow on his back it is nothing major and not a muscle.

"But we go up there on Saturday with some positives to take from our first two games and go there looking to add to our total in the league."

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