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Ainsworth pleased to win tactical battle
WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth said he was pleased at the way his players adapted to tactical changes during the course of last night's win over Exeter City.
He said the tinkering made by himself, coach Lee Harrison and assistant Richard Dobson made all the difference as they negated any changes City manager Paul Tisdale made to his side during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie.
And Ainsworth said his players are learning fast - saying they may not have adapated to them so swiftly in the past.
He said: "The pleasing thing is Me, Lee and Dobbo came up with formations to counteract his. Paul Tisdale is well known for his football prowess. It's so pleasing when that works.
"They put someone in front of their back four and we counteracted it. They put someone behind their front two and we counteracted it. When it comes off it's great. Everything we did worked well.
"We got the ball down really well and passed it at times. The lads handled the change of shape when we put it on.
"In the past when we've tried to change things the lads got confused and they don't know what shape we are playing. To be able to transmit the messages onto the pitch is important as well."
Blues put Exeter on the back foot from the off, peppering the home side's goal with shots throughout the opening stages.
Not all of them found the target but Ainsworth said the shoot on sight policy was key to the game plan.
He said: "I don't mind shots from range. Billy Knott can hit them, Max Kretzschmar can hit them, and I encourage shots. They lift the crowd, they get the place going.
"I thought it could have been one or two more."
Ainsworth added: "I'm pleased with the way we applied ourselves tonight. We were professional. Away from home, not a huge crowd, it's the JPT, [other] people will take it lightly but not Wycombe Wanderers. We gave everything tonight.
"Everything they threw at us, we dealt with.
"Stuart Lewis coming back looked fantastic, Sam Wood put in a great shift. We are spoilt for choice for selection - it's given us some problems.
"I'm pleased with the professional way we approached the game, we tackled hard, passed well and took our goals at the right time."
Former Wanderers star Joel Grant was among the 57 people in the away end and Ainsworth said: "If I could say 57 thank yous I would - they were great."
Blues don't have long to recover from their 360 mile round trip to Devon before their even longer jaunt to Hartlepool on Saturday and Ainsworth is hoping for a home draw in the second round of the competition.
He joked: "We're still in the south west draw so we'll probably get Torquay away or something. We'll see. Wherever we go we have a good spirit."
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