Ainsworth: "We're in a relegation battle"

Ainsworth:

Ainsworth: "We're in a relegation battle"

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

IT’S official – Wycombe Wanderers are in a relegation battle.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth confirmed fans’ worst fears after this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Bury saw Blues continue their slide ever further down the League Two table - days after saying it was too soon to say if his side were involved in the survival scrap.

They’re winless in seven, have won once in 16, and are only being kept above the trapdoor that leads to non-league football by a less inferior goal difference to Torquay United, who boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 at Portsmouth today.

No side in the division is on a worse run of form that the Chairboys, who have failed to find the net on five occasions in the last seven games.

It’s led to Ainsworth finally admitting his team are firmly embroiled in the scrap to stay in the Football League, adding next week’s home game against Accrington Stanley is one Wanderers simply have to win.

And the battle will continue after that, Ainsworth added.

He said: “Next week’s game against Accrington becomes enormous – it’s a huge game now. I’ve told the boys that – don’t think about anything else now, we are in a relegation battle and we need to get out.

“I have to win that game, there’s no two ways about it. We are at home against a big relegation rival and we need to turn it round. I can’t stress how big it is but it’s not just going to be that game. If we win that game and go 17th or something, the next game’s going to be huge to get up to mid table.

“I’ve told them for 12 weeks I want you to be prepared for a battle. You’ve got to dig as deep as you possibly can. We’ve got to put those chances away, we’ve got to not make those mistakes.

“It’s not time to get the boots back on but I wish I could sometimes and get out there with them. People need to grab this opportunity and make things happen. I’m looking at it as an opportunity for someone to make a name for themselves – somebody to actually pull this club out of the trouble we are in. Someone out there on the field, do it.

“People are obviously going to get worried we are down the bottom. 22nd position isn’t great at all and we need to turn this round.

“I’ve told them we have to dig deep, start hitting the target and start putting the chances away that we are getting. There’s no rocket science in it.

“I’ll be back next week, without a shadow of a doubt, working hard Monday to Friday to get the result against Accrington next week. It’s an enormous game, I’m under no illusions it’s not a big game. It’s huge for us.

“I’m more than sure we’ve got enough in this dressing room. It’s a case of getting it all together on a Saturday on the pitch and beating Accrington.”

For the fourth time in seven games one goal – this time confidently despatched by Anton Forrester – was enough to see Wanderers off but Blues in truth didn’t create enough to earn a share of the spoils, to Ainsworth’s obvious disappointment.

He said: “One mistake, one goal can cost us a lot and it’s shown today. There wasn’t much else in the game, it was two teams at the bottom battling it out and one mistake, one lack of judgement, and we’ve conceded and they’ve held on for all three points.

“We had chances but at the moment we are on a bit of a drought and there’s no goals going in. It’s something we have to address.

“You’re always disappointed after a defeat but I can’t fault their commitment. The commitment’s there, the lads are in there devastated today, absolutely shattered. It’s just a bit of quality, the quality in front of goal sometimes, a lapse of concentration for their goal, but there wasn’t much in the game.

Ainsworth added: “This has ruined my weekend and it’ll ruin it until Monday morning when I can get back on the training pitch with the boys.

“We’ve been on a hell of a bad run. It’s time for a good run and what a chance to do it next week. I’m really relishing it.”

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9:11pm Sat 1 Feb 14

FedUp1980 says...

Seriously this is as bad an article as any dailymail piece! Thanks for the understatement of the century! Does Ainsworth generally think that we are so stupid that we need to be told we are in a relegation battle, we knew that weeks ago before this lame announcement. What an idiot!!

Come Wanderers board, man up and make the change already. Grow some balls!!
Seriously this is as bad an article as any dailymail piece! Thanks for the understatement of the century! Does Ainsworth generally think that we are so stupid that we need to be told we are in a relegation battle, we knew that weeks ago before this lame announcement. What an idiot!! Come Wanderers board, man up and make the change already. Grow some balls!! FedUp1980
  • Score: 6

9:34am Sun 2 Feb 14

fedupblue says...

Bit of a change from the man that said we would get 12 points from our next 4 games, which currently stands at 1 from 9. Mind you this is the same man that keeps saying we will hammer somebody soon! Finally he has worked out that we are in free fall something that started 16 games ago, sadly nice man as he is he will not keep us in league two.
This morning the Board have a job to do and that indeed is to grow some balls and sack somebody that is so far out of his depth that it’s taken 16 games to realise the dire situation we are in!
Bit of a change from the man that said we would get 12 points from our next 4 games, which currently stands at 1 from 9. Mind you this is the same man that keeps saying we will hammer somebody soon! Finally he has worked out that we are in free fall something that started 16 games ago, sadly nice man as he is he will not keep us in league two. This morning the Board have a job to do and that indeed is to grow some balls and sack somebody that is so far out of his depth that it’s taken 16 games to realise the dire situation we are in! fedupblue
  • Score: 6

5:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

johnmblockp says...

Sadly it's a No Win situation off the pitch too.
(1) If we end up in the Conference we'll go out of business.
(2) Clubs in free fall like Blues, sack the Manager. This often works if not left too late. It's now or never.
(3) But the Trust can't affford to pay off Gaz good guy that he is.
So we have to soldier on.
(4) Can we afford to hire hypnotist Derrin Brown to restore confidence & belief in the players ? On second thoughts he'll probably cost more than paying off Ainsworth !
No Win all round.
Sadly it's a No Win situation off the pitch too. (1) If we end up in the Conference we'll go out of business. (2) Clubs in free fall like Blues, sack the Manager. This often works if not left too late. It's now or never. (3) But the Trust can't affford to pay off Gaz good guy that he is. So we have to soldier on. (4) Can we afford to hire hypnotist Derrin Brown to restore confidence & belief in the players ? On second thoughts he'll probably cost more than paying off Ainsworth ! No Win all round. johnmblockp
  • Score: 2

1:39am Mon 3 Feb 14

FedUp1980 says...

If there is no sacking by Monday lunchtime i will assume the board are out of their depths and lack the balls required to make the big decisions. I will also assume that we will be finished as not only a football league club but as an entity entirely as the demise will be huge.
If there is no sacking by Monday lunchtime i will assume the board are out of their depths and lack the balls required to make the big decisions. I will also assume that we will be finished as not only a football league club but as an entity entirely as the demise will be huge. FedUp1980
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Mon 3 Feb 14

true blue says...

It is now 5.30 pm on Monday 3rd February. So there you have it
the board don't gave a s-**t about the club or even more the
hard working and loyal supporters. No changes made so WWFC
sinking into the depths of the Conference and eventually " Non existence".
A sad day all round but don't give up there are other football teams really
worth watching not to far away !!
It is now 5.30 pm on Monday 3rd February. So there you have it the board don't gave a s-**t about the club or even more the hard working and loyal supporters. No changes made so WWFC sinking into the depths of the Conference and eventually " Non existence". A sad day all round but don't give up there are other football teams really worth watching not to far away !! true blue
  • Score: -2

1:18pm Tue 4 Feb 14

evenflo says...

true blue wrote:
It is now 5.30 pm on Monday 3rd February. So there you have it
the board don't gave a s-**t about the club or even more the
hard working and loyal supporters. No changes made so WWFC
sinking into the depths of the Conference and eventually " Non existence".
A sad day all round but don't give up there are other football teams really
worth watching not to far away !!
What!! other teams worth watching not too far away!! who do you mean oxford or the franchise. NO. if you REALLY support OUR club you would never make such a suggestion.
[quote][p][bold]true blue[/bold] wrote: It is now 5.30 pm on Monday 3rd February. So there you have it the board don't gave a s-**t about the club or even more the hard working and loyal supporters. No changes made so WWFC sinking into the depths of the Conference and eventually " Non existence". A sad day all round but don't give up there are other football teams really worth watching not to far away !![/p][/quote]What!! other teams worth watching not too far away!! who do you mean oxford or the franchise. NO. if you REALLY support OUR club you would never make such a suggestion. evenflo
  • Score: 1

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