Gareth Ainsworth ‘really proud’ as Wycombe takes maximum points at Forest Green

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth felt “really proud” after the 2-0 League One win on Saturday left Forest Green rooted to the bottom of the table.

The Chairboys, who had not won in three league games, took the lead when David Wheeler opened the scoring in the 14th minute just inside the box, while winger Garath McCleary stunned Rovers with a second class after 27 minutes.

Ainsworth said: “We actually had 14 points in seven games and it’s a form of promotion, but it just didn’t feel like it.

“Before the game we felt like we were on a bad streak, but the boys had my back and I will always have theirs. We are all in this together and I’m really proud of this victory.

“We put a plan in place and I thought we blew Forest Green in the first half.”

And Ainsworth admitted both teams could have received red cards, adding: “Alfie Mawson could have received a second yellow for kicking the ball and that spread a bit when Josh Scowen was fouled.

“I saw it again and it was kinda nasty of Regan Hendry.”

The two teams closed in just before Wheeler’s first game. Rovers striker Connor Wickham saw a shot from a tight angle loop wide of Scowen and over the crossbar.

And Scowen then saw his own shot from range pass inches above the woodwork of on-loan Blackpool defender Oliver Casey.

Winger Anis Mehmeti missed a great game-killing chance in the 56th minute but found his head in his hands after shooting from 12 yards with only goalkeeper Lewis Thomas to beat.

On the hour mark, Regan Hendry fouled fellow midfielder Scowen and sparked a scrum in which Jack Grimmer appeared to hit Rovers substitute Josh March, but the defender escaped with a booking.

Frustrated Forest Green boss Ian Burchnall admitted: “The fundamentals just weren’t there in the first half. We can’t wait 45 minutes and be zero before we start doing them.

“As happy as I was with the first half, I’m not with the second half.

“We have to be more physical. We need to go into battle mode a bit sooner. We can’t wait 45 minutes.

“We looked like a very young and naive team at times and that’s what we are.

“I want the fans to be happy, that’s understandable, but I’m a football manager so I’m always under pressure.”

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