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Gareth: We go again at Colchester

Gareth Ainsworth moves his attentions to Colchester United after the late defeat to Luton Town last weekend.

18 September 2017

Gareth Ainsworth was proud in defeat as his side were cruelly denied three points against Luton Town at the weekend after two late goals from the Hatters.

Wanderers have come up against the two league favourites in a matter of days and more than matched both Mansfield and Nathan Jones' side which has encouraged the boss going into the rest of the season.

The Chairboys have the chance to bounce back this weekend at Colchester United, and with a repeat performance in terms of effort and application, Ainsworth is confident that Wycombe will be right on track for success in that one and for the rest of the season.

"The game as a whole felt like a cup tie," Gareth said reflecting on Luton.

"I thought in the first half we dominated, we forced Luton back, forced them into changes and forced the way they played and it was everything you would want from your team.

"Another goal would have been nice with the domination we had, but it wasn't to be and the goal we scored was a fantastic move and a great header from Akinfenwa who proved his value on his return.

"Luton are always going to come at you, and it happened to be in the dying minutes when they threw the centre-half up front and he ends up on the end of a cross.

"Sometimes it happens, and we do everything we can to try and stop it, I was about to put another centre-half on to try and shore things up but the ball didn't go out of play and those moments dictate things.

"Fair play to Luton, we take that on the chin, but we go again next week. I am very proud, the effort was superb, the result wasn't what we wanted but if we play like that for the rest of the season, I have said to the boys that you will go one better than last year.

"We've just played the two teams in Mansfield and Luton that are fancied more than anyone else in the league; they are meant to be going up this season and we have more than matched them and that's positive for me.

"It's fantastic to realise where we are as a club and be competing at the highest level at League Two, and I genuinely believe that we have got everything to at least make those play-offs this year.

"That's what I want to strive for, and I have got a bunch of boys in there who are genuinely devastated that they haven't got anything out of the game because they had so much for so long, but it happens.

"Now it is all about picking them up for next week at Colchester and we are going to turn someone over soon I'm sure."

Speaking directly to the Wycombe fans, Ainsworth said "Please don't go home disappointed, please go home with a balanced view of how this team has progressed.

"To have a go at the five-year plan to say at the end of it we want survive in League One -  that plan is very much still alive and I intend to add to that plan on Saturday at Colchester.

"Thanks for your support, maybe have a beer to ease the pain but next week let's go again and let's give everything we can at Colchester to try and get the three points."

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