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Ainsworth hails second-half display

27 February 2013

Wycombe player-manager Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with his side's performance following a 2-1 comeback win at relegation-threatened Torquay.

Ainsworth introduced himself as a 50th-minute substitute and played his part in Sam Wood's 76th-minute leveller, before crossing for Matt McClure to smash in Wycombe's 81st-minute winner.

The Chairboys had fallen behind to Ryan Jarvis' 37th-minute opener from the edge of the penalty area. The win ended Wycombe's three-match losing streak and condemned Torquay to a seventh successive defeat.

"I said for them to do exactly the same things as they had done in the first half," said Ainsworth. "I promised them if they did that we would win the game. In the first half we really took the game to Torquay for the first 30 minutes. We totally dominated from the off.

"The corner count, the crosses, the shots we were having. Matt McClure hit the post and Torquay defended fantastically. Alan Knill has got them very organised and they are a better Torquay than they were previously, but I told my boys at half time 'keep believing'.

"I was so pleased that they continued to do the right things, and the things we work on in training and that has got us success so far. It's a sweet result away from home, especially considering we were 1-0 down, and it reverses the Southend result, so it was fantastic and hopefully we are back on the road now."

Torquay interim manager Alan Knill said: "I am delighted we scored after such a long time waiting for a goal, but obviously disappointed that we could not keep hold of that 1-0 lead for a win.

"I have got to say it's quite difficult and we are all quite sure that with more concentration it will quickly turn for us. We weren't happy at half time. Even though we were leading 1-0, it probably took us 25 minutes or more to get going.

"For a while we looked as good as them. I thought we finished the half better. Then, in the second half, we had a great chance, don't take it, and they go down the other end and we concede the goal - and you can see us go deeper and concede again.

"Instead of stepping forward we stepped back and I have seen it before. We will show the players what is going wrong and hopefully put it right on Saturday."


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