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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Exeter City 0
Saturday 13th February 2016
Football League Two
Stephen McGinn's stunning strike on 53 minutes won the meeting with Exeter City as Wanderers climbed to 4th spot in the table following a 1-0 victory over the Devon side.
In what was a near mirror performance of the previous week's 1-0 defeat at home to Luton, it was Wanderers who had to survive an early spell of pressure from the opposition before coming back into the game and grabbing the winner when McGinn stuck home into the top left corner of the Valley End net from 20 yards.
Wycombe's third win in four games came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that had won on the road at Dagenham in the week - Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean and McGinn getting starting places in place of Sido Jomabti, Matt Bloomfield and Garry Thompson - the latter serving the first of the three game ban for his red card at Dagenham.
Next game for Wanderers, the trip to leaders Northampton Town on Saturday 16th February - although before then there will be a glance at the Tuesday evening games that included The Cobblers trip to third placed Oxford United.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Exeter 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "The way we won was more pleasing than the win itself. We have grown as a club and a squad today without a shadow of a doubt. It hasnít gone well at home from the start of 2016 but I thought we played really good football against a really good footballing side. Paul Tisdale knows the game well, so for us to go out there and play some good stuff today was great. We wanted to change the way we play at home and we did that today."
Commenting on the winning goal, Ainsworth added: "Stephen is a great finisher, one of the best at the club. If you ask any of the boys they will tell you that. You donít get too many chances from midfield but he is a great finisher and has two really good feet which he proved today, and what a goal to win the game."
The Wycombe boss was also asked again of his ambitions for the season: "You are not going to get me to crumble and say anything other than we are sticking to our original target for year two of our plan,Ē he said after the win against Exeter City. Sixty-one points is the target. 12 points is a big ask and we still need to get those points. If we play like we did today we will get them quicker than we thought we would. We put a plan together with the budget that we have got and we are not going to move the goalposts. If we can get another bonus brilliant, but we are still working on getting those four wins." He went on to say: "49 points is the stat that I look at and you canít judge over 90 minutes. I havenít got a chairman who does that and I am not a manager who does that. You need a long-term view and the league can chop and change very quickly. The performance is what I am all about, so win lose or draw today that was a good enough performance for me."
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