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Gareth hails outstanding start at Vale Park

The Wycombe manager gives his reaction to the 3-2 win at Port Vale.

13 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth was delighted to pick up the Chairboys' first win of the season at Port Vale in what he labelled as an 'outstanding performance'.

Wanderers came flying out the traps and raced into a 3-0 first half lead thanks to a brace from Adebayo Akinfenwa and a superb strike from Paris Cowan-Hall.

Despite dominating proceedings for most of the game, Wycombe had to survive a late scare to seal three points as Dan Turner and Ben Whitfield found the net in the final three minutes but Wycombe held on for a 3-2 away win at the first attempt in the new season.

Although left with mixed feelings after the nervy finish, Ainsworth was certainly pleased with the win against his former club.

Speaking after the game at Vale Park, Ainsworth said: "It was mixed emotions at the end and I have told the boys that the last few minutes wasn't good enough but the 87 minutes is what I want to concentrate on as I thought we were outstanding.

"You're going to come under a lot of pressure at Port Vale as they have got some good players and they were in League One last year and they want to bounce back at the first attempt so it's always going to be a tough place to come.

"If you offered me 3-2 before the game I would have took that all day, but in the nature of the game I am probably disappointed we conceded two after dominating the game like we did but you've got to look at the positives.

"The players in midfield were brilliant today - Luke O'Nien, Dominic Gape, Sam Saunders and I don't think they put a foot wrong and I thought it was a controlling performance by them.

"With the likes of Nathan and Paris running off Bayo it caused all sorts of problems early on, before losing Paris to a hamstring, which is not a injury just a precaution as he felt it was tightening up.

"But what a performance, especially in the first half where we could have had four or five and I want to make sure we take our chances and don't relax because we're three-nil up, go get four or five.

"The fans were fantastic today, and now I'm looking forward to Notts County next week but I've got a few tired legs to rest who have played on a big pitch today, believe me I know."

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