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Gareth: I want two more wins

Boss says Blues mustn't take their foot off the gas.

23 April 2019

Gareth Ainsworth was thrilled to see his side take a giant stride towards survival with a 1-0 victory over Walsall on Easter Monday, but says they mustn't think the job is done just yet.

A point in their final two fixtures is likely to be enough to ensure League 1 football next year but Ainsworth refuses to get carried away, seeking a strong finish to the campaign with victories over AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood in their final two outings.

"I said to the boys after Friday's game (at Rochdale) that I want three more wins, and I stand by that," he said. "I believe we can do that. We got what we deserved today against Walsall and I'm so pleased we held on at the end.

"For the boys to do that, after a tough game on Friday, and to put in that effort makes me immensely proud. You've got the likes of Bayo and Adam, well into their 30s, giving everything they've got, and the younger kids never stopped running. They love wearing the shirt and today they've taken a big step towards survival.

"I'm not naive enough to think we'll definitely do the job next week, but I want six points now, and this lot deserves six points and to stay in the league. If they work as hard as that, with the quality they've got as well, I'm sure we'll do it," he added.

The game was settled by a stunning free-kick from Jason McCarthy, against his former club, currently managed by caretaker boss Martin O'Connor - an ex-team-mate of Ainsworth.

"Jason was a fantastic acquisition for this club and he's destined for much bigger things," said the Wycombe manager. "He took his free-kick superbly well and it took that bit of magic to break them down.

"They started with four full-backs on the pitch; Martin had done his homework and set up well against us. He's a winner, still learning his trade, and I think he'll be good for them if they stick with him. I said to him at the end that I wish it wasn't him on the receiving end of our win today, because he's a good mate."

Ainsworth's final word was for the fans, who'd waited almost three months for a home victory to celebrate - and they played their part with a phenomenal atmosphere throughout.

"The 12th man were brilliant yet again. I look over and it's absolutely rammed in that terrace. They're singing, appealing every decision and getting right behind us, because they want it just as much as the boys do.

"Thank you to every single one of you. Keep behind us, and we'll deliver."

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