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Gareth: We’ll be firing on all cylinders again soon

Chairboys chief sees progress against Cambridge despite late setback.

12 March 2018

Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth expects his side to use the positives of their performance against Cambridge United as a springboard to return to winning ways and get back amongst the goals in their quest for promotion from League 2.

The Chairboys were ultimately made to pay for missed chances against the U’s when Paul Lewis converted the visitors’ second shot on target in second half stoppage time to salvage a point, with Wanderers having squandered opportunities to wrap up the victory earlier on.

However, the display marked a return towards the style Wycombe have been accustomed to this season, following a blip which culminated in back-to-back losses to Morecambe and Coventry, and now Ainsworth hopes his side can return to form with a visit to Barnet on Saturday.

“It’s a tough one to take,” said Ainsworth after the 1-1 draw. “We’ve limited Cambridge and had good chances ourselves; I thought they rode their luck at times and we were pleased with how we went about it.

“It wasn’t a pretty game and it wasn’t totally the way we wanted to play, but Cambridge came here with a plan to utilise their big two front men and ultimately they’ve created the chance which they scored from.

“We had plenty of shots but 1-0 is a precarious scoreline and although we didn’t particularly feel under threat, they’ve come up with a goal in the 90th minute. So we’re disappointed, but after two defeats, to stop that rot is good and we’re hoping for a good reaction come Saturday,” he added.

The outcome was symbolic of the competitive nature of League 2 where no side other than Accrington appear to be accumulating regular successive victories, but Ainsworth believes his side will feel the benefit of their attacking options over the final 10 games with Scott Kashket returning to action from the bench at the weekend.

“Teams aren’t ripping us apart; Morecambe are the only side where we’ve had one bad half in the past 11 or so games. Games are becoming tight and many teams set up not to lose, but we’ll be back firing on all cylinders soon.

“Scotty coming back is a big bonus, and I thought Nathan (Tyson) was a thorn in their side. Paris (Cowan-Hall) did well, Bayo (Akinfenwa) got his goal and then there’s Nick (Freeman) and Craig (Mackail-Smith) to call on as well, so we’ve got plenty of firepower to utilise.

“Now we’re looking forward to going to Barnet; it seems like we haven’t been on the road for an age but it’ll be good to group together and we know the fans will be right behind us as they always are. Everyone will expect us to win but it doesn’t always work like that; however we know that if we do what we do best then we can beat anyone in this league.”

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