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Gareth: We showed team spirit

Boss reflects on opening day draw with Blackpool.

6 August 2018

Gareth Ainsworth was impressed with the effort of his players as the Chairboys secured an opening day point against Blackpool at Adams Park.

Wanderers played out a goalless draw with the Seasiders in their first game back in League One in over six years, and would count themselves unlucky to not go away with all three points after creating a host of chances throughout the 90 minutes.

Reflecting on the game, Ainsworth was impressed with his side’s application and is confident if they can repeat that performance in their other fixtures this season, then survival will be achieved.

“I thought we had the lion’s share of the chances which is great,” he said.

“It was real positive start to the game, the boys were really fired up for that one you could tell and we could and perhaps should have scored on a few occasions, and on another day I think we would get two or three.

“But that’s a really good point against a tough Blackpool side, Gary Bowyer is a great manager who has managed in the Championship and knows his stuff and we’ve come away having added a point towards our target of survival.

“We showed a spirit and energy today, and if we show that in every game I think we will pick up enough points to remain a League One side next year.”

Wycombe were backed by their biggest home support for the opening day of a league season in over nine years with 4,656 Chairboys fans coming to support the team against Blackpool (5,115 overall attendance).

Ainsworth wanted to give his personal thanks for the backing of his players at the weekend, and the manager was particularly encouraged by the growing number of young supporters coming to support Wanderers, and says the fans will have a big part to play this year.

“There was great support today and I want to say thank you,” he added.

“You all came out in your droves and there is now a real young core about us which is really good.

“All I can ask is that you continue to get behind us, get with us and together let’s upset some teams, with some big teams out there to upset, and let’s give it a go.”

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