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Gareth eager to react to Coventry setback

Blues boss give his verdict on the defeat at the Ricoh Arena.

14 October 2018

Gareth Ainsworth says his side were punished for a lapse of concentration in their 1-0 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

The game looked destined for a goalless stalemate in blustery conditions in the West Midlands, which was until the 82nd minute when Conor Chaplin bagged a winner for the hosts; heading in Dujon Sterling’s cross after the full-back was given time and space to deliver the killer ball.

After an otherwise solid display from the Wycombe defensive line in a game where the ball wouldn’t drop in the attacking third for the Chairboys, the manager was gutted his side ultimately came away empty-handed.

Speaking after the game, Ainsworth said: “It’s disappointing because we were in the game, we employed the tactics of trying to catch them on the counter; okay that didn’t quite work but we definitely didn’t concede too many chances, it was just that one moment of a lack of shape which has ultimately cost us.

“When you’re not playing well, and we weren’t playing well going forward you have got to make sure you get something out of the game and that is disappointing thing because I thought we could have held on for a point.

“It would have been a fantastic point but we have chucked it away with one moment of madness and you can’t do that in League One.”

Late defeats sting in the immediate aftermath, but a double header of home fixtures hands Wanderers a chance to quickly bounce back from the Sky Blues defeat.

Next Saturday (20/10) sees the Chairboys take on Scunthorpe United at Adams Park before Rochdale come to town the following Tuesday (23/10) as Ainsworth’s side look to build on the 2-1 win over Burton Albion in their last fixture on home turf.

The boss says spirits will be high come Monday morning as preparations begin for those encounters, with everyone eager to react from the Coventry setback.

“The boys are gutted because today’s result is as much our fault as their good play but the negativity will not hang around, it never does.

“We’ll be going in on Monday happy, buzzing to go again, we’ll watch the video and try to put things right.

“We’re going to have days like this, I know we are good enough to compete, I know we are good enough to win games in this league.

“We’ve made ourselves very hard to beat and if we are beaten it is only ever by a slight margin, so I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into it this week and hopefully Scunthorpe next weekend will be a different story.”

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