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Ainsworth: Blues comeback shows progress
GARETH Ainsworth was disappointed his side could not continue its winning run but believes the way the Blues battled back against a resilient York City shows how far his side have come.
The Blues fell behind midway through the second half but responded within five minutes through Dean Morgan’s fifth goal of the campaign to claim a fair point in front of the biggest Adams Park crowd of the season.
It put the brakes on the Blues winning streak but Ainsworth said the way his men dug in to claim a point from a battling side in a false position near the foot of the League Two table shows his side’s progress.
He said: "They came with a plan and are probably happier with the point, they came to disrupt and scored from a set-play. But our reaction was great, to score and come right back into the game.
“I said to the boys, in years gone by York would have scored, we would have collapsed and it could have been two or three and we would be feeling sorry for ourselves.
“That hasn’t happened and for 10-15 minutes after their goal we picked it up and there was only one team at the end that was going to go on to score if there was a golden goal.
“But York saw it out, they came for a point and they got a point but they’re not a bottom two side. I think we’ll look at the table at the end of the season and think – that’s not a bad point.”
Ainsworth said he was frustrated with his side’s inability to unlock a firm City defence and admitted that was something the Blues would need to work on when sides visit Adams Park with a ‘defend first’ gameplan.
Ainsworth said: “I’ve said to the boys, ‘be disappointed because people will come here with respect for you now, try to break your tempo and destroy what you do. We’ll have to find a way of breaking teams down’.
“We need to think about maybe going different at home and different away, we need to change our game a little bit.
"It is down to me and the coaching staff to introduce different ideas on the training ground when teams come here for a point – which will happen now – we’re going to have to manage that and try to break that down.
“Whether that’s a different formation, different personnel or a different style of play, we’ll find out and it’s about me becoming a better manager. I’m up for the challenge.”
But breaking sides down at home will be pushed to the back of the manager’s mind as Wanderers get back on the team bus for a trip to Rochdale next weekend. A trip the Blues are relishing.
Ainsworth said: “Looking at the bigger picture, we’re unbeaten in six, ten points off the last four; I think anyone would take that.
“What we’ve done in the few weeks, we were probably due an indifferent game and we had it against York. Some of the best teams win three and draw one, so we can go on another little run now.
“I’ve said to the players that we can put that slot to bed, that’s six games, let’s start again at Rochdale.
“I asked, do you all think you can go and beat Rochdale? And they said yeah – that’ll do for me.
"In years gone by we would have thought that’s a tough game, we won’t get anything there; the boys think we can get something. Brilliant.”
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