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Gareth pleased with the reaction of his players

Boss reflects on Exeter draw and looks ahead to Swindon.

12 February 2018

Gareth Ainsworth was pleased with the reaction of his players as they came from behind to secure a point at Exeter City last weekend.

The Chairboys went into the break trailing after Lloyd James had given the Grecians an early lead, but a much improved second half showing from Wanderers ensured they took a share of the spoils thanks to a second goal in two games for Marcus Bean.

Reflecting on the game, the manager praised his side’s attitude to get back into the game where on another day they may well have walked away with all three points, but on the balance of play the boss felt a draw was a fair result.

“I’m pleased with how we reacted in the second half, as we were poor in the first half, the boys know they were,” Ainsworth said.

“The pitch was terrible, and I know Exeter won’t mind me saying that as they have complained about it also. It cuts up which means you can’t get it down and play and that is what we tried to do in the first half.

“Ironically we get labelled as a bit direct so because playing on the floor wasn’t working we had to then go direct, so the more balls we stuck in the box and went forward the better we looked and Marcus, who is on fire at the moment, got us back in it.

“We could have won it in the second half as I thought we were better side but Exeter were the better side in the first half so with that it was a good game.

“To get a 1-1 draw in a tough place where not many people will come and get anything as they have one of the best home records in the league is quite satisfying. We could have nicked it but perhaps that would have been quite unjust on Exeter.”

The Chairboys quickly move their attentions back to Adams Park and a midweek fixture at home to another promotion chasing opponent, Swindon Town.

With Wanderers still yet to taste defeat in the league in 2018, many people have started to stand up and take notice of Gareth Ainsworth’s side. The gaffer and his team however, are keeping their feet firmly on the ground with a long way still to go and many twists and turns expected along the way.

 “There’s 15 games to go and over a third of the season left which is a long, long way so we need to stay calm and try and add as many points as we can to our tally,” he added.

“Coming to Exeter was a place where we didn’t want to get beat, and we’ve done that so we move on Tuesday now and another tough game we’ve got to prepare for.”

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