GARETH Ainsworth urged fans not to be too concerned at the league table as Wanderers settled for a point in what the Blues boss called a ‘horrible game’ against Accrington Stanley.
Blues are just above the League Two relegation zone thanks to the point gained in this afternoon’s snoozefest, which saw just one shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Ainsworth said with so many teams packed so closely together in the table the current position isn’t a massive worry – despite Wanderers having now failed to score a goal in their last five home games and having picked up ten points from the last 51 available.
He said he is now targeting small steps for his side, starting with being more clinical around the box.
Reece Styche was the only player from either side to manage an on target shot but in truth the supply line to the forwards, particularly at set pieces, was severely lacking.
Ainsworth said: “I’ve told everyone to watch Match of the Day and see how the Premier League boys do it, how they break teams round the edge of their box and believe we can do that because I think we can. It’s that final ball, that final clinical ruthless thing we need to win games.
“I thought we were poor at set plays today. We could have done better at set plays, and the clinical little touches.
“I want to be beating teams like Accrington at home, but after the run we’ve been on it’s small steps. It’s the first clean sheet we’ve had for a while, we’ve got to build on that. We haven’t been beaten – again, build on that. We’ve crossed one of our targets off, to get to 30 points. They wanted to get to 30 points and then kick on.
“Looking at the league there’s nine points between eighth and relegation – it’s crazy. It’s a very tight league and I don’t want anyone worrying too much about the table at the moment.
“It was a horrible game, not a nice game, but we haven’t lost, we got a clean sheet – we’ve got things to build from.”
Ainsworth also felt his side should have been given a potentially matchwinning penalty towards the end when Matt Bloomfield appeared to be fouled as he burst into the area.
Referee Steve Bratt's decisions ensured a stop/start game and having previously awarded fouls for very little throughout the game fans were expecting him to point to the spot.
Ainsworth said: “I’m not going to talk about referees any more this season unless something horrendous happens. I thought it was a penalty.”
But he then added: “The referee stopped the game a lot today and he didn’t let the game flow, which is important for our game. We didn’t get our tempo going because of those reasons.”