Gareth Ainsworth has highlighted the role played by Richard Dobson in Tuesday’s 2-1 Leasing.com Trophy fixture over MK Dons – Dobbo’s 450th match as Wanderers’ assistant manager.
Wycombe had already been eliminated from the competition following defeats in their two opening group stage matches, but end on a high courtesy of two top-drawer finishes from Nnamdi Ofoborh and Josh Parker which turned the game on its head after Brennan Dickenson put MK ahead.
“Nnamdi’s scored a terrific goal and there’s plenty more to come from him,” Ainsworth said afterwards, “and Josh has hit an excellent volley. They were both outstanding in a finishing session yesterday in training with Richard Dobson and I have to credit to Dobbo for the work he’s done with them.
“It was a fantastic performance from some of the boys tonight; we wanted a change in impetus after losing to Fulham last week and I wanted to see a difference. I named the same team as last week and gave them another chance to show what they can do, and I’m really pleased with the performance. There’s still plenty of work to do with some of the lads, but overall this team have proved themselves.”
And the Blues boss was also grateful to see Paul Smyth return to action after three months on the sidelines, with the QPR loanee showing what he’s capable of during a superb second-half display.
“Paul is electric and he really inspires people with the way he carries the ball. Players like that are a rare breed; at the top level you have players like Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah, and Paul will be delighted that I’m mentioning him in the same vein as them, but he’s got a lot to learn before he gets there.
“He wants to carry the ball and take people on, and that lifts the crowd and his team-mates – and me as well – and he’s a big plus for us.”