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Gareth: City clash was a good advert for the division

Boss impressed with display against Exeter, and looks ahead to Carlisle.

16 October 2017

Gareth Ainsworth feels supporters at Adams Park on Saturday would’ve been impressed by the quality of the two sides in action, even though the clash with Exeter City ended goalless.

More than 5,000 were inside the stadium to witness the country’s top scorers take on the league leaders and the Chairboys chief told the press after the game it was great to see a bumper crowd getting behind the teams as they battled out a 0-0 draw.

“The supporters have seen the chances we’re creating and we’ve scored so many goals lately, which isn’t a freak thing because we’ve been working hard and playing some good stuff,” he said.

“The fans got right behind us and the Exeter fans gave good support too, so credit to them. I thought it was a good advert for League 2.

“You might’ve taken a point before the game – you don’t want to get beaten – but after the game we felt we’d done enough to win it. Exeter were very happy with the point; they put a block up and we created plenty of chances, and on another day we get two or three goals.

“Paul (Tisdale, Exeter’s manager) was very respectful about us afterwards – he’s a very good manager and we’re good friends, so a 0-0 draw against his team isn’t bad.”

Next up Wanderers take on Carlisle United on Tuesday night, and after being able to name just six substitutes due to a few injury problems in the squad on Saturday, Ainsworth hopes the trip to Cumbria doesn’t come around too soon for a couple of potential returning stars.

“We could have even less for Tuesday night as we had a couple who limped off. We know Nathan Tyson and Michael Harriman are out long-term, but we’re looking at Sam Saunders and Josh Umerah to see if we can get them back in time.

“They were both close to playing against Exeter, but when the league leaders are here you need everyone to be 100%. Recovery is important and we won’t be doing much training this week because we’ve got two big games coming up that we want to do well in.

“I know we’ll be taking a few fans on Tuesday night and we want to keep this run going away from home and keep adding points to our total.”

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