Ainsworth: We have to start taking our chances

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

GARETH Ainsworth was left frustrated at his side's inability to take the chances they created during this afternoon's loss at Northampton Town.

A brace from Adebayo Akinfenwa and a piledriver from ex Blue Chris Hackett condemned Wycombe to a fifth defeat in six league matches - but the 3-1 scoreline flattered the Cobblers as Wanderers dominated possession and had more of the chances.

Joel Grant's penalty was all they had to show for their efforts however and Ainsworth said Blues have to be more ruthless in front of goal if they're to pull away from the danger zone.

He said: "The reason we lost today was we didn't take our chances. We created a lot, we hit the post twice from less than six yards both times.

"We've got to start sticking these chances away. It's difficult to keep saying this game after game - we're creating chances and not winning games. We have to start taking these chances and believing.

"It's a positive we're creating a lot of chances but it's so frustrating when you don't put them away. We've been getting a lot of corners and final third entries.

"It's difficult to criticise because we did a lot of right things, but their goals were bad decisions from us as well.

"The game was won in both boxes. We got caught on the ball for the first goal, the second was a penalty - I'll have to see that again."

Wanderers had had penalty appeals waved away before being awarded their spot kick - with Akinfenwa also netting from 12 yards - but Ainsworth said that wasn't a factor in defeat.

The Blues boss said: "The ref could've given a few more fouls our way - I thought there were a few dodgy decisions in that way - but you can't blame the referee's decisions when you're missing chances from five or six yards."

Defeat leaves Wanderers 92nd in the Football League, but Ainsworth isn't pressing the panic button just yet.

He said: "We're slipping further from the teams above us and that's not good. We need to start winning games and getting back up the table.

"It was a big challenge when I took the job and I'm up for that.

"It's worrying when you're at the bottom of the table in April, May. It's not good to be bottom of the table in November but at least you've got three or four months to sort it out, and that's what we aim to do."

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11:04am Sun 18 Nov 12

mowgli1960 says...

Well who put Oli in the team ahead of McClure and how will he get the confidance to score when he's on the bench?I think Ainsworth learnt too much off Waddock!
Well who put Oli in the team ahead of McClure and how will he get the confidance to score when he's on the bench?I think Ainsworth learnt too much off Waddock! mowgli1960
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