Gareth Ainsworth was disappointed to see his side fall below recent high standards in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon.
The result, coupled with scorelines elsewhere, means Wanderers aren’t quite mathematically safe, but it would require a monumental and unfortunate sequence of events to see the Blues drop into the bottom four after meeting Fleetwood Town at Adams Park this weekend.
“There’s still a chance it could happen, so I won’t take anything for granted,” he reaffirmed after the game at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. “We need to perform how we have been in the games prior to this one, because we weren’t good enough today. We didn’t make our chances count, and their second goal was a weak one for us to give them.
“They’ve got some good players here; it was tough with (previous boss) Neal Ardley going because he was a club legend, but Wally Downes has come in and got them on the crest of a wave. They believe they can stay up, and sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind which is what they did in the first half and it paid dividends. They deserve that today, and it’s a big step for them staying up. I hope they do stay up, because I used to play here and this is proper Wimbledon.”
Ainsworth now hopes to close out the season with a victory at home to Fleetwood, ensuring that whatever happens elsewhere will pale into insignificance and allow the party to begin at full-time.
“We want to do it on our own terms, and I want a reaction by beating Fleetwood. We’ve been on the end of things like at Torquay all those years ago, when people thought we were down but we survived. People think we’re safe now, but we’re not quite. We’ll deserve to be where we are after 46 games, and I want to finish as high as we can.
“The fans were brilliant yet again. I was stood right in front of them and they didn’t stop all game, even when Wimbledon scored. They kept believing, and they kept pushing the boys on – and believe me, some of them are playing through injuries and having to dig deep.
“Massive respect to the fans. We want to have more great away days in League 1 next year, so let’s finish it off at home and make it a really big occasion.”