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Gareth Ainsworth happy that Wycombe Wanderers have reached 30 points

8 February 2014

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has told his players to stop worrying about their league position after earning a vital 0-0 draw against Accrington Stanley.

Accrington's Piero Mingoia saw a late effort ruled out for offside and the result means Wycombe move a point clear of the League Two drop zone after Torquay's clash against Bury was postponed.

"Looking at the league there is nine points between eighth and relegation, it's crazy so it's a very tight league and I don't want anyone worrying too much about the table at the moment," said Ainsworth, whose side have won just once in their last 17 league games.

"I want to be beating teams like Accrington at home but that's the first clean sheet we've had in a while so we've got to build on that and we've crossed one of our targets off, to hit 30 points.

"I thought we could have done better at set-plays. I've told the players to watch Match of the Day and to go and see how the Premier League boys do it and how they break teams down around the edge of the box.

"Another positive was Dean Morgan coming back (from injury) and getting 90 minutes, I thought he did well (but) he tired towards the end.

"It wasn't a must-win game, it was a like-to-win game, but we got a point, we got a clean sheet and we've got to build on those things."

In a period of play typical of the opening half, Accrington top scorer Peter Murphy skewed a half-volley from 20 yards wide and out of the stadium on the half hour.

The first shot on target of the second half came in the 56th minute when Reece Styche tested Stanley keeper Marcus Bettinelli, before Mingoia was denied by the linesman's flag late on.

"Towards the end there was only really one team that was going to score and I felt it was us," said Accrington boss James Beattie. "They had a couple of opportunities which I felt we gifted to them.

"I'd like to see the replay (of the disallowed goal). It's a well-earned point, it's not a classic in anybody's book but we stuck in and we did the nasty things well and were hard to beat and we stuck in there and got a point.

"Our record away from home is very good and we've learnt about how to deal with certain situations and the lads are learning how to deal with them, and it's great for me to see and it shows me that they are progressing.

"Marcus (Bettinelli) made a great save at a very important time in the game. I've not got enough plaudits for that young man, he's a tremendous 'keeper."

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