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Gareth: The boys deserve every plaudit

Boss effusive with praise for his in-form Chairboys.

10 December 2018

Gareth Ainsworth heaped praise on his players for continuing their spectacular run of form against one of the promotion favourites, defeating Barnsley 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday.

Randell Williams’ second-half strike was the difference on a day where the Blues carried out their game plan to perfection, limiting the Tykes’ chances on goal and creating a number of opportunities of their own.

“It’s all about the boys and I’m so proud of them yet again,” said Ainsworth. “They were fantastic. We have a game plan and we had a full week to work on it, and I thought we played really well in both halves. We nullified Barnsley’s threats and we could have had two or three goals in the end, so hopefully Barnsley give us credit for how we’ve played because little Wycombe have turned the form guide on its head once again.

“This group is something special. Their work rate is phenomenal and they take things on board in the right way. Results like that give us belief and let’s get to our points target as quickly as we can,” he added.

The boss shed light into a new development in the management staff’s preparation for matches, following the appointment of Josh Hart as an analyst in the summer.

“We watch teams in great detail and we’ve got an analyst now in Josh Hart who’s been an absolute diamond since he came in. Between us, with Dobbo and Andy as well (Richard Dobson and Andy Fairman), we can only come up with the plans but it’s down to the boys to put those plans into place and they deserve every plaudit they get.

“I’m really proud. We’re very respectful of Barnsley because they’ve had a fantastic start to the season and they’ve got a very good side, which makes the win even better for me.”

Ainsworth was also impressed with the performance of keeper Stephen Henderson, who kept a clean sheet on his debut after joining on an emergency loan last week in the continued absence of Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay due to injury.

“Stephen’s come in and done the business. His kicking was great, he threw out at the right time, and made a great save just before half-time. He’s really bought into the culture we have here and hopefully we can keep hold of him.”

Finally he wasn’t the only Ainsworth to leave Adams Park with a huge smile on his face, with his 12-year-old son Kane enjoying a birthday to remember.

“It was my son’s birthday so I was tied up before the game giving him and his friends a tour of the ground. He comes to most games and I think the thing he’ll be most pleased about today is us getting the win, so that’s for you Kane.”

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