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Gareth Ainsworth praises Wycombe Wanderers' character after semi-final success

15 May 2015

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth praised the character of his players after they secured their place in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final by seeing off Plymouth Argyle.

Holding a 3-2 advantage from the first leg, the Chairboys completed the job and booked their place under the arch at Wembley by winning the reverse encounter 2-1.

And boss Ainsworth heaped praise on his men, particularly after the Pilgrims battled back in the first leg with two late goals.

"I thought my players handled the situation extremely well,” the manager told the club's official website. “I thought the mental side was the most important thing today after what happened at Home Park.

“I had players out there who were far from being fully fit but that is what I have here; I have characters and players who want to play in every game. They would play through anything for me and as a manager that is special.”

Ainsworth will now take his side to the national stadium for the final on Saturday 23rd May to face Phil Brown's Southend United, after they overcame Stevenage in the other semi-final.

The former winger, who played at Wembley for Preston North End against Wycombe in the 1994 Third Division Play-Off Final, is excited at what the future holds for the Adams Park club.

“I'm really pleased that I'm able to lead such a great, small squad out at Wembley," he added. "It will be an amazing experience for all, but the most important thing is the building blocks that are being put in place to get this club to a solid base.

"I want to make sure that Wycombe Wanderers never return to the days they had last year. The club is turning around slowly off the pitch and I'm very optimistic about the future."

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