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Gareth Ainsworth delighted with Wycombe winning over Reading

Wed 24 February 2021 | 9:56

The Wycombe boss was pleased with the way his players delivered a 1-0 victory over Reading after playing with 10 men.

Although

Wycombe

are sitting rock-bottom on the Championship table, lacking eight points to drag themselves out of the relegation zone,

Fred Onyedinma

met the target and secured his side a win notwithstanding

Ryan Tafazolli

being sent off in the second half.

Gareth Ainsworth

said: “

Of course, you think it’s going to be tough now, playing with 10 men against a Championship side – a top-five Championship side, never mind anything else.

“It was important that I kept my head straight in thinking about what I wanted to do.

“We went to a five at the back so I could keep the three in midfield because I felt that was where they were very strong.

“That just left us with one up top on his own and I thought Uche (Ikpeazu) was fantastic.

“It was a real team effort – I’ve got (Adebayo) Akinfenwa, who’s not even in the squad and he’s shouting louder than anyone around and that, for me, is Wycombe.

“That’s what we are, we are together and whatever happens we’ll be coming out swinging together every single game. I can’t wait for Sunday (against Norwich) now.”

Reading

had the opportunity to pull themselves level with the penalty they were gifted for Tafazolli’s foul, but

Lucas Joao

failed to meet the back of the net.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic said: “

I think we had some good situations and a lot of opportunities, other than the penalty, but I think we have to also acknowledge our opponents for stopping us from scoring goals.

“On the other side, we also have to acknowledge we have to work at being sharp with our finishing.

“Football is very emotional – we had guys crying in the changing room after the game because of the disappointment.

“We don’t want to let them do that because we have to bounce back in the next game.

“We have 14 opportunities in front of us and the next one is the next game, very soon.”

Paunovic continued on Joao’s penalty miss: “

I think we have to look at that situation but I think we have to support Lucas.

“He’s very affected – the same as the rest of the team – and we will fix it. I’m not concerned, I’m just willing to fix it.”


source: SportMob