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League Two

Gareth Ainsworth hails victorious Wycombe Wanderers

26 February 2014

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth could not have been prouder of his players as they hauled themselves up the League 2 table with a 1-0 win at Exeter City.

Max Kretzschmar scored the only goal of the game with a 35-yard rocket which flew over the head of Grecians goalkeeper Christy Pym.

It ensures the Chairboys now boast a five-point cushion to the relegation zone in League Two.

"The lads are dead on their feet and they have given me absolutely everything. I couldn't be prouder of them," Ainsworth said. "It is nice to get a win and what a fantastic goal to win a game. When Max scores it is usually the winner. So you can shut up shop then if he scores.

"He has got the winner against Hartlepool, Bristol Rovers, Chesterfield and now Exeter. He is coming on like something else, he is really coming into his own and with strikes like that - fantastic. If you get chance to watch it on TV, it is really worth the wait.

"I am just so really pleased with the performance. I have lost my voice but to get back-to-back wins is superb.

"I can't thank the fans enough for sticking with us. Everyone has been behind us and no-one has ever doubted what we can do and I think we are proving it.

"But let's not get carried away - that is two wins and we need to a few more to be safe in the league. I know I have got enough to get out of this."

Exeter had chances to go in front but Sam Parkin headed the best of those over the crossbar. After Wycombe's goal, they rarely looked like forcing an equaliser.

Manager Paul Tisdale admitted his team had been poor and this defeat leaves them without a win on home soil since October 5 when they beat Devon rivals Plymouth 3-1.

"It was very disappointing," Tisdale said. " I'm disappointed with the result and the way our game was pieced together.

"The one thing you don't want to do against Wycombe is concede a goal because they set out to defend. They go a goal up and their focus is clarified and we found ourselves in that situation, which was the last thing we needed.

"We couldn't piece it together and we looked incredibly nervous and anxious, we didn't make the correct decision. There was a hell of a lot of effort, but when you are disconnected the effort goes into the mud and that's how it felt here.

"The players were exhausted at the end but it was misdirected energy. We did some good stuff but we failed to show the appropriate levels of composure around the box when we got near there. It was a very, very disappointing night."

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