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Gareth: Pleased with the points but work to be done

Gareth Ainsworth gives his reaction to the 3-2 win over Grimsby Town.

27 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth was delighted to come away from Grimsby Town with a 3-2 win, but was left disappointed with the goals conceded at Blundell Park.

The Chairboys went into half-time vs the Mariners with their tails up after going into a two-goal lead thanks to a strike from Adebayo Akinfenwa and a Joe Jacobson penalty.

The joy was short-lived after the restart however, as Blues let that lead slip just past the hour-mark as a Mitch Rose penalty and a JJ Hooper strike from range levelled things up, with the latter goal coming after Grimsby defender Danny Collins had been sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

Wanderers rolled up their sleeves and responded well, and the day was saved with 15 minutes remaining as Akinfenwa headed home from an inviting Michael Harriman cross for his fourth goal of the season.

The manager, speaking after the match, was pleased with side's attacking display, but admits the amount of goals conceded needs to be improved quickly.

"We're not doing it the easy way at the moment," Ainsworth said.

"It's not good enough, we are shipping too many goals in at the moment without a shadow of a doubt.

"We were really up against it when the penalty goes in because the crowd get going, you're away from home and you've got an onslaught.

"I was gutted to concede against ten men because the throw-in has got to be dealt with better, we can't do what we did in terms of showing Hooper where he went as he had a little dribble and then he unleashed one from 25-yards; that's a poor goal to concede as we can't let people shoot from there with no pressure on them.

"Apart from that I thought we defended pretty stalwartly and we definitely hung on at the end there with the subs coming on and doing exactly what I needed them to do, and Nick (Freeman) combined very well with Harriman for the winner, and what a cross by Michael Harriman, his cross for the first goal was fanatastic and his cross for the third was just brilliant. 

"And when you've got someone like Bayo in the box that is his food and drink, and thank goodness he scored because it won us the game, but if we keep shipping in goals we won't and that's the issue.

"So there are things we need to work on but I've just said to the boys that it is brilliant to be able to give them a bit of a rollicking after the game, and pick the bones out of mistakes but still have the three points in the bag.

"I'm really pleased with how we are going forward at the moment, we just need to tighten it up at the back and then I think we have got a good chance."

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