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League Two

Ainsworth hails spirit

16 December 2012

Gareth Ainsworth believes the spirit in the Wanderers camp is helping to propel them up the league as they recorded their fourth win in five games.

Goals from Bruno Andrade and Matt McClure secured them a comfortable 2-0 victory at Accrington despite McClure being sent off for two bookable offences in the 55th minute.

Stanley conjured up little and stuttered to their third successive league loss. "I am so proud," said the 39-year-old player-boss. "It was a fantastic performance. I have grown up in the north west, I know it's tough coming here and we were incredible.

"Our two centre halves had a combined age of 36 - not as old as me! - and yet they were key for us. I am really proud of all the players and the table looks a little bit rosier. Not so long ago we were at the bottom and that was a bad day but I have never let the spirit get low and we have stuck together and our league form has been great.

"When I first took over it was about being resilient and we have worked on defending and set plays, we have good midfielders and we have attackers that I can't coach, they are natural finishers who can open up defences and have been doing well. Now we have just got to keep it going."

Leam Richardson admitted his side put on the worst performance he has seen for a while at Accrington as they failed to capitalise on their man advantage,

"It was poor, lack lustre and not enjoyable," said Richardson after his 11th game in charge. "It's the worst we have been. I am fed up with saying the word frustrated. Before I took over and after I took over, I can't remember a performance like that.

"We wanted to start positive but we were chasing the game early on and then we never got going. Only Rommy Boco came out with any credit. The players know in no uncertain terms how I feel and as a group it's not good enough. We seem to be in a mode and, even when they went down to 10 men, we couldn't change our game or get out it."

Andrade opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Stuart Lewis' shot from the right was deflected to the far post and the winger stroked the ball home from 12 yards. It was two on 34 minutes when Dean Morgan burst through, his initial shot hit the post and bounced out to striker McClure to finish off.

However McClure turned from hero to villain as he picked up two quick bookings after the break and saw red in the 55th minute. It was Wanderers who could have extended their lead though when Andrade burst forward and drew out keeper Paul Rachubka but his effort hit the side netting.

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