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Gareth: Hard week ahead to rectify Morecambe mistakes

The boss reflects on the 2-1 defeat at Morecambe and looks ahead to the home fixture vs Crawley Town this weekend.

13 November 2017

Gareth Ainsworth says it will be a hard week on the training ground to rectify the mistakes made in the 2-1 defeat at Morecambe last weekend.

A below par first 45 for the Chairboys saw them go into the break 2-0 down at the hands of the Shrimps, and although a much improved performance and a 10th goal of the season for Adebayo Akinfenwa followed in the second period, it wasn’t enough to stop them slumping to a disappointing defeat.

Now with a home game against Crawley Town on the horizon this Saturday, the manager – reflecting on the Morecambe loss - says his team will be working hard to correct the wrongs and get back to winning ways.

“It was a game of two halves, totally,” he said.

“We were by far the better side in the second half, but you can’t give yourselves two goals to come back from like we did in the first half.

“In the first half we were terrible, and I have not said that so far this season but it wasn’t us, it was very individual and not working as a team.

“The balls put forward were hopeful and not of quality and the marking for both goals were poor. For the first one the cross has come in to the back-stick and their number five (Steve Old) has come in unmarked and we can’t let that happen.

“Their second is just a basic pull-off and we’ve got no one with him (Adam McGurk), so it is there easy for him to slot it in the goal. So there are mistakes there and once you give two goals away, and I don’t care who you are playing in this league, you have got a mountain to climb.

“We nearly climbed it but nearly is not good enough, and the second half might gloss over the first for some but not for me, the first half was not good enough and we’ve got to work hard now to make sure that we start games like we did in the second half.”

“It wasn’t good enough today and I’m sure the fans will agree. We’ll work hard this week to put everything right because we’ve got a big game against Crawley next week at home.”

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