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Gaz hoping late goals are a signal of change of fortune
GARETH Ainsworth hopes Leon Johnson's last gasp equaliser is proof Wanderers' luck is starting to turn this season.
Blues snatched a point with an injury time leveller for the second League Two match in succession, as Johnson followed his defensive colleague Anthony Stewart's lead at Portsmouth last week by netting deep into stoppage time for a share of the spoils against Scunthorpe United.
A handball from Dean Morgan in the build-up to the goal was missed by the officials, but Ainsworth said his side are due a change in fortune as they fought back to level despite Josh Scowen's second half dismissal.
On five occasions this season Wanderers have conceded goals late on to decisively affect the outcome of a match - losing to Leicester, Bury and Swindon and being held to draws by Oxford and Accrington - and Ainsworth hopes his side's own last ditch efforts are symptomatic of a change in fortune.
After being asked about Scunny boss Russ Wilcox's view the equaliser shouldn't have stood, the Blues boss said: "I have been there with timings of goals and handballs. If you look back to the Accrington game I think you'll see the biggest handball and the equaliser after that. You take the good and the bad.
"I didn't see it at the time but my assistant Dobbo said, 'Yeah, handball'. We might have got one back there. It's not nice with the opposition manager but you've got to take them sometimes. We've had things against us.
"We've had a lot of late goals against us early in the season, we've had a few red cards - maybe it's just turning our way a bit. Last minute at Portsmouth, last minute against Scunthorpe - maybe we are turning the right way and maybe with a little bit more quality, hopefully we can see games out and start winning games.
"It was a nice feeling. We've been on the end of them a couple of times. In the last two league games we've scored in the last seconds of the game and it feels good. Now we need to change these draws into wins."
Although Ainsworth felt his side warranted a share of the spoils, he was annoyed at their profligate first half finishing as a string of saves from Matt Ingram ultimately kept Blues in the game and laid the platform for Johnson's goal.
He said: "I'm angry because I felt we should have taken our chances in the first half. We didn't do exactly what I wanted. We were a bit route one-ish and I didn't like it. When we changed it second half we got the ball down and got playing a bit more, and we probably played better football with ten men than we did with 11.
"It's anger but it's relief as well. Matt Ingram kept us in it well. I'm happy with a draw. Russ Wilcox will feel hard done by but we chucked everything forward and managed to get the equaliser."
But Ainsworth added: "I thought we deserved it. First half we created some good chances - one on one situations and you have to take them. They are so precious. Sam [Wood], Paris [Cowan-Hall], Matt McClure, you've got to take those chances. We work hard all week on creating those chances and they are precious, and that would have been a totally different game. Because we didn't, you give other teams a sniff and they came back into it.
"The back four was a little bit disjointed with one player trying to play players offside. I'm playing Kortney Hause at left back and he's a centre half really. We are thin on the ground with defenders. Kortney did OK."
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