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Ainsworth: Glass is half full after Fleetwood point
WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth felt his side did enough to deserve all three points against high flying Fleetwood Town last night.
It was a familiar mantra from the Blues chief as he praised the performance of his men in a professional display against a team fighting for automatic promotion.
Wanderers put in a much improved display from Saturday and ended their run of nearly 500 minutes without a home goal as Stuart Lewis cracked home a volley to record the first strike by a Blues player at Adams Park in 2014.
But it's results, not performances, that Wycombe need now and they were again restricted to a single point as veteran Jon Parkin snatched an equaliser for the visitors in a 1-1 draw.
Ainsworth said: "What we did tonight was a professional point that potentially could have been three.
"The glass is half full again for me. I thought the performance was there. We played fantastically first half, we really did. Max Kretzschmar's shot from range in the first ten seconds set the tone. Max himself was excellent today but so was everyone.
"The boys watched the DVD of Fleetwood against Scunthorpe to suss them out and they took everything on board, and I thought we could have won the game. We definitely warranted the three points and I thought we really deserved it.
"The lads are down but not disappointed. They are deflated like they should have won the game, they feel like they did enough to win the game. I keep saying keep doing that and it will turn, we will win games.
"We didn't seem to create too many chances on Saturday, whereas tonight we created more chances. We limited a team who are sixth in the league with a large budget and some good players. We limited them to very few shots on our goal."
Ainsworth made a brave call in electing to start with Max Kretzschmar and leave no fewer than five strikers on the bench, but the young midfielder went on to claim the man of the match award.
And Ainsworth resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his forward line despite chances going begging.
He said: "Max has been very patient - we've good a lot of talent in midfield. I thought it was the right time to change the formation, especially against Fleetwood. I was really pleased with Max.
"People were telling me to stick two or three forwards on the pitch and go and win the game, but it doesn't work like that. If you lose the game, you get slaughtered for that."
Ainsworth also hailed Lewis's desire to improve his shooting as the midfielder notched his third goal in ten games - having netted five in his previous 120.
He said: "What a person to get it. Stuart Lewis is the captain, he'll never stop, he'll never give up for you. He trains like he plays and has been working hard on his finishing after training daily with Richard Dobson.
"He scored against Northampton after he'd done a few of those sessions and he's kept doing them. It was a fantastic volley to end the goal drought at home - it was a skipper's goal."