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Blues lack energy as illness takes its toll
JO Kuffour was summoned from his sickbed to lead the line for Wanderers this afternoon as manager Gareth Ainsworth had to deal with a bug doing the rounds.
The striker netted an equalising goal as Blues twice had to come from behind to beat Torquay at Adams Park before eventually being withdrawn after an hour.
Ainsworth kept the same side that beat Bristol City so convincingly in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but that was partly out of necessity as a sickness big threatened to decimate his squad.
And he admitted two tough games in a week took it out of his players, saying they lacked the same energy levels during the first half of today’s game as the sides turned around with Torquay 2-1 in front.
Ainsworth said: “I lost four players this morning who’ve called in ill and sick. Gary Doherty, Matt McClure, Stevie Craig – big players. Junior Morias was on the bench and Jo Kuffour actually played with an illness today. He wasn’t 100 per cent.
“I think the energy levels are down a bit because of that as well.
“It’s been two tough games this week and keeping the same team was a good thing in hindsight, but we were quite flat in the first half. I thought there was a lack of energy in the first half – I asked for it second half and I got it.”
But he admitted to being annoyed at the lack of energy normally shown by his players during a lacklustre first half.
The Blues boss said: “I said at half time, ‘Where’s the energy, where’s the Wycombe I’ve created since I took over?’ One thing we have is legs, desire and passion. If all else is failing we’ve always had that. Today we seemed to be relying too much on our football and thinking we can play our way through any team. No chance – you have to have the passion. The way we kicked off in the second half was exactly what I asked for.
“One thing we have here is legs, enthusiasm and energy and I didn’t see it first half. I put it down to a bit of shellshock from them scoring two, but also from the Bristol City game and the emotion of getting through to the next round of the cup and looking at the draw this morning.”
He added however: “I do think it was a deserved win. I think we could have had a couple more at the end. I don’t think they troubled us too much in the second half and I was pleased with the way we saw the game out.
“It’s character building and we’ve proved with the odds against we can still do it. It’s great for the season coming now.”
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