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Ainsworth: We made City look very ordinary
GARETH Ainsworth was delighted that a new tactical plan enabled Wanderers to make Bristol City look 'very ordinary' in last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win.
The Blues boss employed four central midfielders in a new formation and played Paris Cowan-Hall - normally used as a winger - through the middle as Wycombe advanced to the quarter finals with a 2-1 win.
It allowed Wanderers to pass their way around their League One opponents, in complete contrast to the lacklustre defeat against Burton at the weekend, and Ainsworth was beaming at the way his players took to his new formation.
He said: "It's really encouraging the way things have worked. The full backs give you width - Sam Wood and Nick Arnold especially did that really well. We have a lot of good midfielders at this club so why not play as many as you can in a system where you want to encourage passing?
"First half we tried a new shape and a change of personnel. We worked on it in training this week and I was really pleased it came off.
"We've got players who can play. Billy Knott can find pockets [of space], Paris was fantastic with the way he led the line. Stuart Lewis and Josh Scowen are renowned for their tackling and winning the ball back but they took to it really well."
Blues went into the game having lost their last two and Ainsworth said: "It's not nice losing games - we came off the rails a little bit but I thought tonight we made Bristol City look very ordinary.
"After the game on Saturday I made it known what I thought happened and what went wrong. Trying to get Jo Kuffour to win a header against a 6ft5 defender isn't going to work.
"We employed the shape to try to encourage more football through the midfield and I thought we did that. If we'd come in at half time 4-0 up - their keeper made some cracking saves - it wouldn't have been unjust."
In the end first half strikes from Billy Knott and Matt Bloomfield - making his first start in 14 months - proved enough, despite Brendan Moloney threatening to set up a frantic second half as he slammed home from 25 yards.
Ainsworth was expecting more of an onslaught from City but composed defending from youngsters Kortney Hause and Anthony Stewart kept them at bay.
The Wanderers chief said: "I thought they gave us quite a scare in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but as soon as the lads got their foot on the ball again I thought we could have scored again. We looked the more dangerous of the two.
"I thought we forced them to go a bit more direct. Our two centre halves were fantastic - they are forging a really good partnership."
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