Ainsworth: Preparation key to win

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GARETH Ainsworth was happy a detailed team briefing led to victory against Morecambe – but he’s now changed the points target he set to guarantee survival.

Hamstring injuries to first choice strike pairing Dean Morgan and Matt McClure meant a reshuffle with five in midfield and Jo Kuffour ploughing a lone furrow up front.

The switch worked as the new formation stopped Morecambe having a sniff at goal and paved the way for a win that took Wanderers up to Ainsworth’s 52 point target for survival.

But with many of the teams below Blues also picking up wins, Ainsworth is still casting glances over his shoulder and has warned his men not to take their feet off the pedal.

He said: “Am I allowed to change my target? It’s still very close. It’s going to be a crazy total for survivors this year. It would be very harsh to go down with 52 but it’s still mathematically possible. I want to add to the total some more.

“Until it’s mathematically impossible to go down I’ll still be up all night. That’s one step closer.

“The lads are happy with today but I’ve still got work to do and there will be no relaxing from Gareth Ainsworth until April 27.”

But Ainsworth said he was delighted with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at the Globe Arena, secured by midfielder Stuart Lewis’s second half goal.

The Blues boss said: “I’m pleased not just with the points but the manner with how it’s come. The way we’ve gone about things today, I think the lads deserve all the credit.

“We had a little meeting in the hotel which is something foreign to me. I don’t often do a lot of meetings in hotels but we had one today because I wanted to show exactly how I thought they would come at us and exactly what I wanted us to do to combat that.

“They took every piece of information on board and added their own stuff to it. Tactically, the lads have done fantastically today.

“The wind was a big factor today. I prepared them for an onslaught second half because I thought Morecambe would take more advantage than they did.”

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