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Ainsworth rues Wycombe’s wasteful finishing following defeat to Cobblers

CLINICAL FINISH - Chris Hackett celebrates his brilliant goal that put the Cobblers 3-0 up against Wycombe (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

CLINICAL FINISH - Chris Hackett celebrates his brilliant goal that put the Cobblers 3-0 up against Wycombe (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

 

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth believes his team’s defeat at the hands of the Cobblers on Saturday was a result of their failure to convert goalscoring opportunities.

A 3-1 loss at Sixfields means they have not won in six games, a sequence that has left the Adams Park club rock bottom of the Football League.

Aldershot and Barnet - who both drew at the weekend - complete the bottom three, while at the other end the Cobblers are now two points off the play-off zone, and six off the automatic promotion places.

Ainsworth felt his side could have taken something from their game against Northampton if they had shown more of a cutting edge in front of goal.

Dean Morgan hit the post when it appeared easier to find the target in the second half and a trio of chances all fell the way of their left-back Charles Dunne, not a noted goalscorer.

“We created a lot of chances and we simply haven’t taken them,” he said. “We hit the post twice from less than six yards both times and Charles (Dunne) went one-on-one with the keeper at the end, we’ve got to start putting those away.

“We have created quite a few chances in this game and it is getting difficult to keep talking about the chances we’re creating in games without taking them.

“It is difficult to criticise because we are doing a lot of the right things but their goals came from bad decisions, we got caught on the ball for the first one and I’d like to see the foul for the penalty again.”

A Wycombe old boy returned to haunt the club with Chris Hackett making Adebayo Akinfenwa’s first goal before scoring one of his own at full tilt at the end of a counter-attack.

It was a special goal and one executed with a ruthlessness that Ainsworth wants to see his side adopt as they bid to beat the drop.

“The third one was a great finish for their lad but that’s what we need to start doing,” he said. “Only when we start taking our chances will we have turned the corner.

“Maybe we commit too many men forward when we attack and because of that we might need a change in formation or a change in personnel because we’re starting to drift from the teams above us.”

 

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