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Boss encouraging players to be trigger happy
SHOOT on sight is the message to Wanderers players, with Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth saying he'd never discourage his men from having a go.
Wanderers put their last two opponents Exeter and Hartlepool on the back foot by being prepared to shoot from distance, with Blues going on to win both games.
Max Kretzschmar attributed his two goals on Saturday to some extra shooting practice and Ainsworth will be encouraging his players to keep trying their luck.
He said: "If people start shooting from 60 yards obviously I'm going to have to stop that happening. But anything within 25-30 yards, I think you're entitled to have a shot.
"With the new balls and with the way people can strike a ball these days, and also what it does to your team and your fans, shots at goal from distance excite the fans and they excite your team. That's what the game's about, getting forward and having shots on goal. I'll never discourage anyone from shooting from range.
"What we will do is practice it in training more and make sure when you do shoot from range, you start hitting the target more.
"They say teams reflect their manager and I shot from range as much as I could because I was confident I could hit the target. If I can teach some of these boys the technique of hitting the target, I don't see why we shouldn't shoot from range.
"We're Wycombe Wanderers, we'll take risks. You give us a finger and we'll take the arm - if there's a bit of an opening, we'll have a go."
Ainsworth said the tactic is also a method of getting under the skin of the opposing fans: "Even though you get ironic jeers when you miss the target, there's still that little bit of nervousness."
Midfielder Kretzschmar said he'd taken his manager's advice on board against Hartlepool and was rewarded by scoring twice - the first of which came from the edge of the penalty area.
He said: "The one outside the box I work on quite a lot. The strikers work on their shooting but me and Josh Scowen do it after training. I'm happy it came off.
"Gaz said before the season we need more goals, not just from our strikers but from our wide players, our midfielders, even the defenders."
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