Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth believes his players need to take the defeat to the Aston Villa U21 side ‘on the chin’, as they go into the international break.

The Chairboys lost 3-1 at home to the Villains in what was a much-changed Wanderers side, as the manager gave debuts to four development players in Connor Parsons, James Clark, Chris Forino and Malachi Linton, whilst new signing Brandon Hanlan, who joined from Bristol Rovers at the end of August for an undisclosed fee, also made his inaugural appearance for the South Bucks club.

And despite taking the lead through Parsons’ brilliant finish from a Garath McCleary cross, Villa came back to win as Cameron Archer got the equaliser, before Jaden Philogene-Bidace scored a second-half brace.

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Speaking after the defeat, Ainsworth said: “We’ve got good coaching staff so we can go over the game and see the mistakes.

“I think near the end there were some fitness issues, as some of the young boys, who had only played their first games for us like Connor Parsons, James Clark and Chris Forino, had never played for Wycombe before and James and Chris have been out injured for six months.

“Along with Malachi Linton, these are players that fans have not seen before, and scattered with the experienced names of Curtis Thompson, Garath McCleary and Brandon Hanlan, who I thought was very lively.

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“I thought Adam Przybek was very lively in goal, but there is plenty to learn - that’s what it is all about.

“I am disappointed to lose because you want to win every game, but, tonight was about rotating and making sure that we had a fit side for the league games which is our bread and butter.

“This is a talented Aston Villa side, and they were very lively at the end and we tired a lot, but, we will take that on the chin and it’s all about Oxford next week.”

The Chairboys will take on the Us at the Kassam Stadium on September 11.