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Gaz: We were unrecognisable today
DISAPPOINTED Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth said he didn’t recognise some of his players as they put in what he said was the worst performance he’s presided over.
The normally unfailingly positive Ainsworth said nothing good could be picked out of the bones of this afternoon’s 1-0 home defeat by Mansfield Town.
Blues managed just two shots on target in a drab 90 minutes and Ainsworth said poor decision making and a lack of creativity meant his men played into their opponents’ hands.
He said: “We were unrecognisable today. I didn’t recognise a few of my players, which isn’t nice.
“That’s probably the worst performance under me in nearly a year and I’m not happy. It’s something you want to put your finger on. We’ll be looking at the video this week and going through it in detail.
“I never pick individuals out when we win but there were no individuals in that team. It was a team performance that let Wycombe down today. There were no individuals to take the bull by the horns.
“It was lacklustre today and the chances were few and far between. We have to take them when it’s like that. We got sucked into a horrible game, it was a slow tempo which isn’t us at all. We defended very deep and played into their hands.
“I’m very disappointed with some of the decisions and the way we went about things. There’s plenty to work on this week – I think I’ll be a busy man.”
There were five changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s defeat at AFC Wimbledon, with Ainsworth explaining the new faces in the team would fit into more of a cultured, passing system.
Instead, Ainsworth said, the players ignored those instructions and fed the identikit Easter Island statues in the Mansfield back four a diet of aimless high balls that were comfortably soaked up by the visiting defence.
He said: “We altered the system today because I wanted us to get the ball down a little bit and play in the pockets and through midfield but we just didn’t do it for one reason or another. We were slashing at things, we made bad decisions, the ball was in the air a lot – that wasn’t us today.
“We went long to their back four too many times. They’re big lads [who are] going to win their headers.
“We didn’t deserve anything out of the game today and didn’t get anything. That performance isn’t good enough for me and I’ll be making sure that doesn’t happen again.
“We didn’t start playing at all until Mansfield scored. Then we had a couple of opportunities, but even then we didn’t solve problems. We weren’t good enough with the ball on the ground.”
Ainsworth rang the changes this week but when asked if wholesale alterations are a possibility next week he said: “It’s very early days to say that. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the players who didn’t play today are knocking on my door saying, ‘I’ll do it for you’.”
He added: “You can have one [bad performance] but if you have two or three it becomes a problem and hopefully next week we’ll be back to the old Wycombe we know we can be.”
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