Ainsworth pleased at players' eye opener

Bucks Free Press: Gareth Ainsworth Gareth Ainsworth

BLUES boss Gareth Ainsworth said some of his players had an eye opening experience after playing out of position in the first pre-season friendly of the campaign.

With the result of Saturday's trip to Cheshunt unimportant, Ainsworth opted to use a 4-3-3 formation and try a couple of people out of position.

Sam Wood and Nathan Evans, both more accustomed to playing out wide, were fielded in a narrow midfield trio alongside Peter Murphy in the first half of the 3-2 win.

Wood put in a typically industrious display, winning a number of tackles, while Evans managed to drift wide to supply a superb cross for Matt McClure to net the game's opening goal.

Josh Scowen slotted in at right back while Junior Morias and Paris Cowan-Hall also played in unfamiliar positions in the second period as Ainsworth looked to experiment against the non league side.

The Wanderers boss said it was a deliberate ploy, saying he wants his men to get accustomed to different positions after choosing to go with quality over quantity in his squad this season.

And overall Ainsworth was satisfied with what he saw.

He said: "We might need to do that this season. We've got quality and taken a risk on numbers. We've got players who can play multiple positions. I know what Josh Scowen can do in midfield so I wanted to have a look at him at right back.

"There were players playing out of position, I had a good luck at some people, looked at what people need to do to get up to the grade and find out where we are.

"I was pleased with some, it was an eye opener for some others and the trialists coming in."

Ainsworth added he was pleased to avoid picking up any injuries - something which blighted and disrupted his team at key moments last season.

He said: "It's nice to get a win but the result wasn't important. No injuries is the most important thing for us because we are so small on numbers at the moment.

"It's all fitness, fitness, fitness. If we can get the win, that's great - and we did get the win, so fantastic - but it's not about the result, it's about fitness."

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10:46am Tue 15 Jul 14

mowgli1960 says...

Why have players in an unfamiliar poistion/ Has Ainsworth not learned from last season ?
Why have players in an unfamiliar poistion/ Has Ainsworth not learned from last season ? mowgli1960
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