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Gareth Ainsworth beaming with Wycombe Wanderers 'fairy tale'

3 May 2014

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth praised his side after they retained their Football League status with a crucial 3-0 League 2 win at relegated Torquay United.

Man of the match Sam Wood got Wanderers off to a perfect start by converting Matt Bloomfield's fifth minute cross from the right at the second attempt.

Steven Craig doubled Wanderers' lead from a 42nd minute penalty following Anthony O'Connor's foul on striker Matt McClure.

O'Connor saw red for a second bookable offence, a 51st minute foul on McClure, who then scored Wanderers third goal with an exquisite lob 10 minutes later.

Ainsworth admitted: "This is the best thing I have ever done in my career. I am so high and I am going to enjoy this one because this was a special day.

"Fairy tales like this is why people watch the lower leagues.

"I have watched the press box more than I usually do. But I was kept informed. This was a fantastic day. It was like a home game for us and we are so delighted.The players deserved everything.

"I was calm and calculated before the game with the boys and we got a good start and an even better ending.

"I love football and Wycombe Wanderers gave me my first chance in management and hopefully I have repaid a little bit of the faith.

"I have learned lessons and there are things you always learn as a manager. I know it is difficult for clubs to give managers time because people want results and there is that much money you see managers right, left and centre going.

"Hopefully I will have a bit of time to rebuild now and build a squad that I want and go attack League Two. Please no more final days like this.

"I envisaged this. It has been tough to stay positive sometimes - when everyone writes you off and everyone is against you. There were some lads in tears last weekend and this week it is tears of joy.

"I have always stayed positive and in the face of adversity you learn a lot about yourself and your team. It's just been a fantastic day."

For Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves there was no great escape this season and his side now prepare for life in the Conference.

But he knows he has a real job on his hands.

He said: "You get a little glimmer that there are some lads performing and doing well and then it smacks you back in the face and you realise how big a job it is, how many cracks there are and how many people need not to be at this football club.

"That's my job now. To deliver a squad that can do it out there, over the white line.

"I think that if I said most weeks that I am happy with three players on the pitch that gives you an indication of where I am.

"It's a big rebuilding job and that's been the same for the past 18 months hasn't it?

"How a team can play so poorly with one player difference to the team that could have realistically beaten Mansfield 8-1 defies belief.

"I apologise on the players' behalf to the fans. That's not good enough and doesn't represent me as a person or a manager.

"Ultimately they haven't been good enough. I am responsible. I will hold my hands up, I will speak to the board and I will take the flak from the fans.

"I accept it all because the players are my responsibility but those who I inherited are not good enough."


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