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Gareth pleased with Chairboys' commitment vs Luton

Manager reflects on Hatters draw and looks ahead to Northampton.

2 September 2018

Gareth Ainsworth felt a point was a fair result against Luton Town on Saturday as he praised his side’s effort and commitment in a pulsating 1-1 draw with the Hatters.

Joe Jacobson’s first half penalty had put the Chairboys in the lead at the break, and the full-back had the chance to double Wanderers’ advantage from the spot again early on after the restart, but he was denied by a superb save from James Shea which shifted the momentum of the game into the visitors’ favour.

After a spell of pressure from the Hatters they got their equaliser courtesy of Matty Pearson’s 68th minute header, and that’s how it would stay despite both sides pushing for a late winner in a thrilling encounter.

Reflecting on the result, Ainsworth was pleased with his side’s endeavour and said that similar performances will bring success this season.

“I’d say appoint was a fair result for both teams, and I think either side coming off without something from that one would have been gutted,” he said.

“Momentum is a big word in football and I think the penalty miss is a big turning point in the game. I think if we score that we probably go on to see the game out with a bit of pressure.

“Fair play to Luton though, they came back and it could have gone either way at the end, which is heart in mouth time for a manager but a great watch for the fans and a draw is probably a fair result.

“A point at home to Luton isn’t a bad point; it will go to our tally. It could have been three which maybe would have been undeserved but you have got to take your chances when they come.

“All I will say is though, if we keep playing like that, and we keep giving the same commitment and aptitude that the boys have shown today, we will be a League One team next season, and that’s all I want to be.”

There is a quick return to action for the Chairboys as they prepare to kick-off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign away at Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

With six games played in just three weeks, Ainsworth says he will look at making some changes at the PTS Academy Stadium, but he knows that every member of his squad will always give 100% to win.

“We go to Northampton next in the Checkatrade Trophy and we’ll rotate because we have to.

“The metres on the boys today will be phenomenal, we matched Luton up at the start, and then they had to change shape to try and break us down, and consequently we had to do the same.

“It was a good tactical battle, but tactics mean nothing without your players’ energy, effort and commitment and I’ve got that in droves in that dressing room and I’m really proud to have that.”

Click here for ticket information for Tuesday's trip to Northampton in the Checkatrade Trophy (04/09).


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