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League Two

Ainsworth delighted with victory

7 October 2012

Gareth Ainsworth was the happiest man in the Football League after guiding Wycombe to their first league win since the opening day of the season in his third game in charge.

Ainsworth was appointed caretaker manager at the end of September as Gary Waddock paid the price for the Chairboys' poor start to the campaign that had seen them fail to record a win in npower League Two since August 18.

His first game resulted in a 3-0 loss at Dagenham before a 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Tuesday night, but he didn't have to wait much longer to return the club to winning ways, playing 70 minutes as Josh Scowen scored the winner in a narrow 2-1 win over Torquay.

Gary Doherty had put the hosts ahead before Rene Howe levelled just before the break, only for Scowen to head home the winner in the 63rd minute to leave Ainsworth beaming.

"I'm so pleased. It's no less than we deserve," he said.

"We created lots of chances, and limited theirs. I saw people fly into challenges that they've not done as Wycombe players. That's fantastic. They players' actions are speaking far more than words will ever do right now. Results will come and go, but performances are more important to me."

Feelings could hardly have been different in the Torquay dressing room with manager Martin Ling admitting his troops - who reached the play-offs last year - had received a reality check at Wycombe.

"We came down with a bump," said Ling, whose team came back from three down to beat Aldershot 4-3 in midweek.

"I feel that it was our worst display of the season, to be honest. I don't think we competed. They were always fastest to the second balls, and I felt Wycombe thoroughly deserved the win because we didn't perform to the levels we've set ourselves this season.

"We've not had back-to-back wins since March. If you want to get a campaign up and running, two wins on the bounce and six points does exactly that. "We have been inconsistent, as Tuesday night against Aldershot showed. We're inconsistent throughout games at the moment, we haven't performed on a regular basis."

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