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Gareth: Humility is key

Blues boss reflects on Plymouth win and looks ahead to Blackpool.

28 January 2019

Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with his side’s 1-0 victory over an in-form Plymouth Argyle, but stresses Wanderers must not get complacent as they head to Bloomfield Road to take on Blackpool on Tuesday night.

The win over the Pilgrims ensured it is now three wins on the bounce for Ainsworth’s men and back-to-back clean sheets in a fixture where Wanderers dominated large parts of the game.

Some late pressure from Argyle was applied but the Blues boss was pleased with how the Chairboys stood up to the task and limited Derek Adams’ team to just one shot on target.

Speaking after the game, Ainsworth said: “I thought in the first-half we were very dominant, and I was disappointed we didn’t come in at half-time with more goals because you know a team like Plymouth are going to come at you.

“They are a good side, they’ve won four on the spin, and obviously they had a shake-up at half-time because they were a lot better in the second-half.

“They went a bit more direct, put plenty more balls into our box but we defended that really well. We’ve restricted Plymouth to one shot on target which is great for us but they are a good side, and they’ll be flying up the table in the second-half of the season so that is a very good win for us.”

Games continue to come thick and fast in the Sky Bet League One calendar and Ainsworth has stated the importance of not getting carried away with that 55 points target still 14 points away.

Blackpool go into the game on Tuesday night on a three-match unbeaten run themselves, which included victories over promotion chasing Portsmouth and a 2-0 triumph at Coventry last weekend.

Ainsworth, looking ahead to the game at Bloomfield Road, knows that to continue their own unbeaten run Wanderers must be ready from the off.

“We can be happy about this result but come Tuesday we have got Blackpool and it’s right back down to earth,” he added.

“Humility is a very big word for me, I always want to look up, I never want to start looking down and thinking we’ve already achieved something.

“I always want this team to be one that looks up, respects everyone and gives it a right go, and for Blackpool I’m sure that there will be a few tired legs so there may be a few changes, but the next game is always the most important and that is Tuesday night at Blackpool.”

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