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Gareth: Squad togetherness brings results on the road

Unbeaten run is no fluke, says the boss.

19 October 2017

Gareth Ainsworth says his side’s phenomenal away form is no fluke as they prepare to extend their unbeaten run at Swindon Town on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

The Chairboys moved to 13 away games without defeat thanks to Paris Cowan-Hall’s last-gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Carlisle on Tuesday evening, and the Blues boss says the team spirit of his side plays a big part.

“When we travel away together, we’re a tight-knit group and that’s come from my five years in charge being all about being a team and being there for each other.

“That’s never more prominent than when we’re on the road, coming up against the atmosphere from the home fans – we relish it, we stick together and we’ve got this never-say-die attitude which makes me proud to be the manager.”

The draw looked in doubt once Reggie Lambe restored Carlisle’s lead with only six minutes of normal time remaining, but while Ainsworth admits his side were below-par for large parts of the game, they still did enough to bring the point back down south.

“It’s a sign of a good side when you don’t play well but get something,” he said. “We all know we didn’t play to our potential, but we’ve had a lot of games lately and maybe that was one game too far for a couple of lads.

“Credit to Carlisle, especially in the first half. They changed the way they play from what I was expecting – they had their centre backs flying out with the ball and played the high press on us which they haven’t done to sides for a while.

“We changed our shape at half-time to stop their centre backs playing and I thought we were a lot better in the second half.

“It was fantastic to score at the death and get something from Carlisle which is a tough place to come. This team doesn’t know when it’s beaten, and even when we’re not playing as well as we know we can, we believe we can get something from games.

“I’m really pleased for the Wycombe fans because they’ve come a long way and they’ll be home at 4am in the morning, but the goal makes the journey a little easier.”

Next up is a shorter trip to Swindon Town on Saturday, and Ainsworth will be buoyed by the return from suspension of Marcus Bean while Luke O’Nien is in contention again after being named on the bench on Tuesday.

“Naming Luke on the bench was a bonus for us, and Beany was a big miss for us on Tuesday. We have to make sure we’re all fresh for Saturday and our medical team will be doing all they can to get the boys’ legs rested so we can give it another go on Saturday.

“Swindon are a big team in this division and they’re expected to go up, so wouldn’t it be nice to go there and get something from the game.”

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