Gareth Ainsworth full of praise as Wycombe bounce back with Stevenage win

Gareth Ainsworth full of praise as Wycombe bounce back with Stevenage win

Wycombe's long wait for a second league win of the season is over and boss Gareth Ainsworth insists it is no less than his side deserves.

Dayle Southwell tucked home Sam Wood's cross in the third minute of first-half added time and it proved the only goal in the game as Stevenage could not fashion a response.

Southwell had missed a gilt-edged chance moments before his strike but it was not to matter for the Chairboys, who had failed to win a league game since their 2-1 victory over Grimsby on August 13.

Ainsworth said: "It's been tough, it's been very tough, but I'll pay credit to people who've worked hard this week for me behind the scenes.

"We've done plenty of work on the mental side and resilience, they're all good players but sometimes the mind needs to be strong.

"I thought (in the) first half we were the better team without a doubt, we could have had two or three as Dayle Southwell missed a couple of opportunities.

"I got worried as there was a 15-minute period towards the end where they were coming back into it.

"There's plenty to work on but it's nice to have a result like that. I've always said I want to be mid-table come the turn of the year where I think we'll be stronger."

Andrew Fox went close for Stevenage in the second half but, though they dominated the latter stages, found a stubborn Wycombe defence.

It represents a comedown after successive victories for Boro - including a 6-1 thumping of Hartlepool - but boss Darren Sarll was adamant his team were the better side.

"I'm proud of the players, they kept on going," he said. "It's a very difficult place to come - not in terms of the facility or the environment, but in the manner in which Wycombe go about their business and I mean that as a compliment.

"But I thought we were great, we were the better side and I can't believe anyone would question that opinion.

"We had a greater amount of goalmouth action than the home team. I go home very disappointed - no one in my organisation celebrates losing - but also I go home very proud of my players.

"They've shown a resilience and determination and fight to really pull a point or three points out.

"I think it was a great chance (missed) to jump inside the top 10, but it was a great performance, showing fight and pride for Stevenage."

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