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Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with his side's performance in their 0-0 draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade.

After Newport had the better of the first half, the Chairboys were certainly on the front foot after the break and Josh Umerah, Craig Mackail-Smith and Anthony Stewart all had superb chances to get all three points.

However, Ainsworth was very happy overall, including seeing his side keep their first clean sheet of the season, although slightly ruing the missed opportunities in the second half.

He said: "I thought Adam El-Abd, Anthony Stewart and Scott Brown were absolutely immense for us and to keep a clean sheet is fantastic.

"I put my name to that performance. This was the best Newport side we have faced for years. To have no goals against was superb for us but we edged it for me.

"Craig's chance especially was a great one. He has 170 goals in his career and missed one of the easiest chances he has had but I will have him all day because of what he gives us.

"It was also a great full league debut from Josh and Ebere Eze and showed us what he has, he is a really special talent.

"It was a fantastic performance by the boys and if you draw your away and keep the home form going that you won't be far away but it was a good point for us."

Eze's short cameo certainly drew admiring glances from most people in attendance as he oozed class in the ball.

Ainsworth added: "The game was on a knife-edge for us and some of the stuff he shows in training is unbelievable.

"I asked Ebere to show me what he could do and he really showed it.

"We have a lot of players out too and the depth of the squad for me is very encouraging."

El-Abd put in a real captain's display and was a rock at the back for the Blues.

The gaffer hailed his performance and was very pleased with how his defence shut out the threat of County.

"Adam was absolutely brilliant against the likes of Nouble and Amond but that goes for all of them too.

"It is great to have Anthony back and along with Harriman and JJ we defended really well against a dangerous side," commented Ainsworth.

Ainsworth had to do without the likes of Adebayo Akinfenwa, Sam Saunders, Nathan Tyson and Scott Kashket which makes the draw an even more commendable one and he hopes Akinfenwa will be back for tomorrow's game at Mansfield.

He added: "Bayo had a slight hamstring pull but we hope to have him back.

"We were looking after him all week before this game and it was touch and go but he just missed out.

"We know how important Bayo is for us but to play like that without is great. As I say Josh in particular looked a real threat and we have options which is fantastic."