Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth cut a frustrated figure at the final whistle after seeing his side slump to their sixth defeat in seven league games with a 2-1 loss against Shrewsbury Town.

Wanderers were the better side for the majority of the game at Montgomery Waters Meadow and they looked to be heading for three points when a superb Jason McCarthy free kick gave them the lead on 67 minutes.

However, substitute Omar Beckles equalised on 86 minutes with a free header and Oliver Norburn grabbed the winner from the penalty spot in injury time after Shaun Whalley was tripped by Adam El-Abd.

The loss leaves the Blues just two points off the relegation zone and Ainsworth urged his side to cut out the errors that have plagued them in recent weeks.

He said: "We had it here and we lost it and we have given Shrewsbury the game.

"I told the boys afterwards that they hadn't done a great deal to earn that off you.

"I thought we were the better team. I thought their keeper in the first half made some fantastic saves and he kept them in it.

"I thought we were sitting very good and I am very disappointed with the two goals. For the equaliser, we didn't deal with the free kick and we didn't go with our players and you can't defend like that.

"And then there were a couple of rash challenges that led to a penalty and we don't defend like that.

"It is getting tired and people make wrong decisions. The performance was good enough and coming into the last eight games of the season, it is results that matter now.

"We are fully in a relegation battle which I said when we got promoted. We had a great middle part of the season to get that buffer and we need to start digging deep."

Ainsworth also pleaded with the supporters to back the team heading into such a pivotal period.

He added: "Thank you for sticking with us. We have had a heck of a few years together. It seems to have been a steady curve upwards and this is probably my toughest run of form for some time and it will take a lot of strength to support us through this.

"I will be working just as hard as ever to get these boys positive and prepared and I am super confident we can stay in this league."