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Gareth Ainsworth looking for Wycombe Wanderers to kick on

22 February 2014

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth hopes his side have laid down a marker for the rest of the season after they stopped the rot with a 1-0 win over table toppers Chesterfield.

The Chairboys had not won at Adams Park since October 12 but Max Kretzschmar's first-half penalty handed them a hard-fought victory.

Kretzschmar gave Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee no chance from 12 yards after captain Ian Evatt had clumsily handled Matt McClure's cross 10 minutes before the break.

It was only the fifth time the Chairboys had scored in 11 games since Christmas Day and it also gave them their first victory since December.

Ainsworth is confident his side have finally turned the corner in their battle for Sky Bet League 2 survival.

"Mentally it's a big stride; the lads have got to believe and build now," he said.

"I always said things can turn round and if the referee saw it as penalty, then we'll take it.

"You have to say that for Max Kretzschmar, aged 19, to step up and take that in front of the away end when we needed a win, that's fantastic.

"I'm yet to calm down. I'm proud of the players and fans. The reaction from them at full-time was superb. It's what they've been waiting for and what I've been waiting for too.

"I thought we deserved to win and if anyone left here thinking Wycombe didn't deserve to win, they don't know football. To a man everyone was outstanding.

"It's been a while since we won at home but I've always believed that we've got enough to beat anyone in this league.

"I have nothing but praise for the board and the fans because I've been on a nasty run. So for them to stick by me and the building we're doing, that win was for them."

The Spireites stay top of the table on goal difference but they certainly had their chances in the second half.

Jay O'Shea and Gareth Roberts both came close but it was not enough and boss Paul Cook admitted his side had got what they deserved.

"Frustrating is the word (I would use)," he said.

"You've got to give Wycombe great credit, they worked their socks off, they competed for their lives.

"Unfortunately that was as bad a performance as we've had in a long time. We've had a harsh lesson, that there's a long way to go this season, and we've got to get points out of games. That was a long way from our standards.

"Some managers will blame referees but I won't have any of that; the officials played no part in our result.

"We never found any tempo, we never had any chances, we were tame and inept and not good enough by any stretch of the imagination."

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