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Gareth looking to build on Newport draw at Mansfield

Wycombe manager reflects on Newport draw, and looks ahead to Mansfield.

11 September 2017

Gareth Ainsworth felt there were positives to build on from the 0-0 draw at Newport County, as the Chairboys prepare to face Mansfield Town and Luton Town this week.

Wanderers remained unbeaten on the road since February with the draw with the Exiles, and were perhaps unfortunate not to leave Rodney Parade with all three points after a strong second-half display.

With a point added to the tally and a first clean sheet of the season in the bag, the manager was left pleased when speaking after the game on Saturday.

"It is a good point and could have easily been all three," Ainsworth said.

"Chances wise, I think we have edged the game; Scott (Brown) has had to make a good save in the first half and a fantastic save in the second half, but their keeper was the busier one today.

"If there was anyone that should have scored it was us, Craig (Mackail-Smith) will be disappointed he hasn't scored, Josh (Umerah) created a couple of chances in a fantastic full-debut for him.

"I'm really pleased with the defensive side of things as it was scrap here, but my boys stood up and I 'll put my name to that performance."

Wycombe don’t have much rest time and are back in action on Tuesday night at pre-season promotion favourites Mansfield Town.

In a week where the Chairboys also come up against big-hitters Luton Town at Adams Park this weekend, Gareth is relishing the opportunity to test his side’s credentials against strong opposition.

"They'll be some tired legs but we are going to Mansfield full of confidence and it is always a good game up there.

"With Mansfield and Luton this week we are coming up against two teams that have set out their ambition to get promoted this season, and it is a tough league to get out of.

"They are both big clubs with big finances so it will be tough, and we go to Mansfield as underdogs, but I've always said that my best 11 can beat anyone in this league.

"I might be able to to extended that now to my best 14 or 15 which I have never been able to do before and I'm really pleased with a point today, it is something to build on ahead of a tough week but I am looking forward to it."

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