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Gareth: We showed we are no pushovers

Wycombe manager reflects on opening day draw and looks ahead to Fulham.

7 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth felt his team showed their mettle against tough opponents this weekend as the Chairboys got off the mark with a point against league newcomers Lincoln City.

Despite starting the game well, the Chairboys had to come back from behind when Matt Green gave the Imps the lead against the run of play with just over 30 minutes played.

The home side responded well and turned the game on its head with goals from Luke O'Nien and a sublime free kick from Joe Jacobson before Josh Ginnelly levelled for the visitors early on in the second half.

Ainsworth reflecting on the game, was pleased with the character his team showed to come back from behind, but also stated there was lessons to be learned from the game.

"I think on the balance of it a draw was probably a fair result," he said.

"I thought we were the better side in the first half and they were the better side in the second half.

"I was pleased with my boys coming back into it after conceding which was a goal against the run of play totally.

"But then I was disappointed with the sloppiness of the goals we conceded so there are things to work on as well.

"Lincoln are widely tipped for success for a reason and they are going to pick points up in this league.

"They have got a way of playing and the personel to do that, but I'm hoping we showed that we are no pushovers and we can match any team in this league.

"It's a good point and one more than we had at this time last year."

Ainsworth's men now turn their attention to the Carabao Cup and welcome Fulham to Adams Park on Tuesday night (k.o. 7.45pm).

The Wanderers boss is confident his squad will bounce back quickly and be right up for the cup.

"It was a real big effort from all the players on Saturday and I wasn't surprised at the end when both teams were dead on their feet.

"But now we've got to get the boys up for the League Cup now and it's going to be a tough one against Fulham.

"I'm sure we'll see a few changes and a few new faces in the team, but we're looking forward to testing ourselves against higher opposition once again."

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