Day off cancelled as Ainsworth questions players' desire

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

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

FUMING Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth cancelled a day off for his players after questioning their desire to win in a shocking 3-0 home defeat against AFC Wimbledon.

Blues turned in the worst performance during Ainsworth’s tenure to slump to an embarrassing defeat against a team winless in seven and with just one goal to their name in their previous five outings.

The Dons didn’t even have to play that well to condemn Wanderers to a defeat that leaves them in 19th place, just four points away from the dreaded drop zone.

Ainsworth admits his side can get sucked into further trouble if their form doesn’t improve and preparations for stopping the rot in Blues’ next match away to Morecambe on Saturday start tomorrow, when the Wanderers boss will be dragging his players in to the training ground to relive the video nasty of today’s performance.

He pulled no punches in his assessment of his side’s display, with a second half collapse worthy of an English Ashes upper batting order.

Ainsworth said: “It’s something we pride ourselves on here, being passionate and having the desire. It just went missing today. I’m flummoxed to say why it was missing, but there will be no way it’ll be missing next week. I’ll be making sure everyone’s [desire is] back. We’ve got to work hard now, otherwise we’ll get sucked into a nasty situation and I don’t want that.

“Over 46 games you deserve to be where you are and I don’t want to be down the bottom after 46 games. To get out of this we’ll have to work hard. We have to study what went wrong today first and foremost and that’s what we’ll be doing as early as tomorrow and working on Morecambe this week. The passion, the desire has to return before we can think about playing any formation and football, and I’ll be working on that.

“We’ll be watching the video tomorrow. I want to put this one to bed as soon as we can. We’ve got plenty to work on during the week with Morecambe coming up. I’m going to take every available minute I can this week to put that right and work on what we need to do up there, because it wasn’t good enough at all second half.”

The lack of fight in his side was what most hurt Ainsworth, who demands nothing less than the stomach for a battle.

Normally a happy-go-lucky character who tries to find the positives, the Blues boss had a face like thunder as he appeared for his post match press conference and did not mince his words in his assessment of the second half non-performance.

He said: “I’m not happy with that players, I’m not happy with the reaction to going one down and definitely not happy with the second half performance.

“Sometimes systems and the way you play, they go by the wayside. You’ve got to stand up for the battle man for man. You look at their first goal, a set play – you have to be better defending that and we are going to have to be working on these things.

“I was not happy with the way we defended. We looked very deep today, we didn’t squeeze up and press them enough, and they punished us second half.

“To lose 3-0 at home to one of our rivals in the league is no good. I’ll be unturning every stone to try and put that right.

“We need to be putting points on the board and quick or my aim of finishing in the top half of the table will become more and more difficult.

“We are going to have to find that passion, that drive, that desire to get back up the league and not fall into the trap we did last year.”

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12:48pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Marginalised Chairboy says...

The players' desire and commitment looked fine to me. It was more a question of the weird formations and lack of a coherent game plan that we see most weeks. Unfortunately, Ainsworth is not getting the best out of his squad this season. He looks flummoxed, and maybe we need to get him some help before it's too late.
The players' desire and commitment looked fine to me. It was more a question of the weird formations and lack of a coherent game plan that we see most weeks. Unfortunately, Ainsworth is not getting the best out of his squad this season. He looks flummoxed, and maybe we need to get him some help before it's too late. Marginalised Chairboy
  • Score: 5

5:25pm Sun 5 Jan 14

true blue says...

I am afraid Gaz is losing the crowd who have given their support home and away. each week people pay there hard earned money to travel and watch what was in the begining an enjoyment. However it has now turned into e
nightmare and yesterday was the last straw.. Unless things are changed rapidly I fear the club will descend into the conference which thinking about it is the level of the current performances. !!
I am afraid Gaz is losing the crowd who have given their support home and away. each week people pay there hard earned money to travel and watch what was in the begining an enjoyment. However it has now turned into e nightmare and yesterday was the last straw.. Unless things are changed rapidly I fear the club will descend into the conference which thinking about it is the level of the current performances. !! true blue
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Sun 5 Jan 14

mowgli1960 says...

Waddock has rubbed of on Ainsworth more than we thought!
Why keep playing Kuffour and then when he plays bad replace him with McClure who should start games?
Taxi for Ainsworth and i'll pay!
Waddock has rubbed of on Ainsworth more than we thought! Why keep playing Kuffour and then when he plays bad replace him with McClure who should start games? Taxi for Ainsworth and i'll pay! mowgli1960
  • Score: 0

9:52am Mon 6 Jan 14

mooneysmagic says...

I am afraid Ainsworth has run out of ideas. He is blaming the players for the poor performances, when the cause is actually his lack of tactical nous

The answer is to reappoint Docherty as captain, bring back Spring and stop lumping the ball up to the strikers who are weak in the air due to their size. Also play the ball out wide instead of the midfield running around like headless chickens in the centre of the pitch.
I am afraid Ainsworth has run out of ideas. He is blaming the players for the poor performances, when the cause is actually his lack of tactical nous The answer is to reappoint Docherty as captain, bring back Spring and stop lumping the ball up to the strikers who are weak in the air due to their size. Also play the ball out wide instead of the midfield running around like headless chickens in the centre of the pitch. mooneysmagic
  • Score: 4

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