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Less sleepless nights for Ainsworth

13 March 2013

Wycombe player-manager Gareth Ainsworth insists he is another step closer to sleeping easy after his side showed great resolve in the 2-2 draw against Rotherham.

A late Gary Doherty header earned the Chairboys a point after Daniel Nardiello's two second-half goals had helped the Millers respond to Joel Grant's early opener. And after a disappointing performance in the 4-1 defeat to Rochdale last weekend, Ainsworth admitted the response, which moved Wycombe onto 49 points, was spot on.

"After the performance on Saturday a point is a good point, I am a little disappointed because we were up and then we were down but we showed spirit to get back into the game," said Ainsworth.

"We caused Rotherham some problems and make no mistake they are a big side with a big budget and big expectations so to take four points off them this season is a good marker to where we are.

"I am happy with a point after 2-1 so I think it cancels out the bad feeling I had after the Rochdale game and it takes us one point closer to my target of 50 points which will mean less sleepless nights for me. Gary Doherty has been out for 12 weeks now but to have someone of his experience and stature on the pitch is vital at this stage of the season."

Rotherham remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion and manager Steve Evans insists his players' tireless attitude is a positive sign ahead of the run-in.

Evans may have had a few choice words for his side after a lacklustre first-half but he was thankful top scorer Nardiello took such advice on board in a resolute second-half display.

"I thought we were out the game in the first 20 minutes, we were poor and it looked as if we were still on the coach to be honest but we were delighted there was only a goal in it," said Evans.

"But we got two great individuals goals from [Daniel] Nardiello and then we are undone by a set play. I told [Andy] Warrington he heads that from four yards out and he should be clearing him out but he knows that.

"We never stopped and it is a mentality of teams that are successful, they just never stop. They took the strong words I had for them at half-time and they reacted in the right way. We have to get ready for another tough one at Cheltenham and it is another big game. All we can do is go about our business and try and win football matches."

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