Gareth Ainsworth said he was ‘blown away’ by the magnificent support of close to 1,800 Chairboys fans at the Kassam Stadium – and urged the Wanderers faithful to keep believing in their team as they hunt an end to a disappointing run of form which culminated in a 2-1 loss to Oxford United.
The away support was rewarded by Adam El-Abd’s opening strike in the local derby on Saturday but the U’s turned the game on its head with goals from Jerome Sinclair and Josh Ruffels’ stoppage-time winner, while Joe Jacobson missed a penalty with the scores locked at 1-1.
“They were fantastic, the fans,” said Ainsworth. “I’m blown away by the support. On a winless run like we’re on, for them to turn up like that – they have to be proud of themselves.
“I’m gutted for them; they’ve supported me through thick and thin, and I need them again – I need support for the boys on the pitch.
“Thank you for getting behind them today; sorry it won’t be a great trip home, but we’ll be back here at Oxford next season, I’m pretty sure of that,” he added.
Reflecting on the game itself, Ainsworth feels his side didn’t get the result their performance warranted, with a number of chances going begging including Jacobson’s penalty and an Adebayo Akinfenwa header which struck the crossbar.
“We deserved a point today, maybe more,” he stated. “The missed penalty will be looked back on, and hitting the crossbar, but people and moments are what keep you in the division. We’ve got the people, I know we have, but we just need to take our moments when they come, and we’ll survive.
“There were some fantastic performances out there, but it wasn’t to be today. We’ll brush ourselves down, and get the boys up and ready for Portsmouth on Saturday. I know performances will turn into three points soon, and when we get that win, another one will follow very soon after.”