Gareth Ainsworth’s analysis of Wycombe’s FA Cup loss

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has spoken about his side’s 2-0 home loss to Walsall in the FA Cup first round.

The Saddlers have come to Adams Park without a win in their last nine away games in all competitions and had suffered a 12-game losing streak between August and October.

However, the League Two side traveled to Buckinghamshire and played the Chairboys out of the park with Jacob Maddox and Isaac Hutchinson securing the goals for the Midlands side.

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The result means that after enduring a long winless streak, Walsall is now unbeaten in four, which includes winning the last three.

Wanderers, meanwhile, have failed to win any of their last four home games, and with Maddox’s strike coming from a corner, Wycombe have now conceded five goals from set pieces in their last four matches.

What’s more, it was also the first time since March that Wycombe hadn’t scored at Adams Park (apart from the 0-0 draw against Spurs U21s in the Football League Trophy in August).

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Ainsworth said: “They are a Walsall team that we knew would counter attack as well as being a set piece team.

“Walsall stepped on us at the start, they scored from a corner and the second goal went right through us.

“It looked like nobody was ready to stop it, but the second goal knocked us out.

“It really killed us because when you have one less goal you always have a chance.

“But they’re big and strong, they’ve come from behind and we have to make sure we’re better than we were today. [November 5].

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“We know we could do it, it’s just a matter of finding that magic formula that we had just a few weeks ago.

“I made a lot of changes in the second half, early enough for them to have an impact, but it just didn’t happen and we need to get the bones out of it quickly and prepare for Forest Green Rovers next week. in the league.”

Conceding another free-kick, Ainsworth added: “At the end of the day, I take responsibility for it.

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“I have to make sure that when we defend from set pieces we are better than we have been in the last games.”

Of the 22 encounters between Wycombe and Walsall, the Midlands side have won 11 of those encounters.

Christy J. Olson