Jan 19 2013 By Matt Lewis
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IT WAS Sam Wood’s name on the scoresheet but Wycombe Wanderers chief Gareth Ainsworth insists the Blues fans were responsible for delivering the points against Dagenham & Redbridge.
More than 80 volunteers helped cleared the areas surrounding Adams Park stadium to ensure this afternoon’s match with the Daggers beat the big freeze.
With the game only one of three League Two matches going ahead, Woods’ first-half drive secured extended Blues unbeaten run to three against John Still’s battling troops.
Ainsworth personally thanked the Wanderers fans before kick-off and made his players aware they owed the fans a performance during his pre-match team-talk.
He said:The trust members and the fans that were here at 7am to get this game on were fantastic and in my team talk I made the lads aware of how much work the fans had put in and if they put in the same effort on the pitch we could win this.
“When I turned up in the car park, I got here at 11:30, and I think the fans had been here four hours before me. One of them had a mate with a snow plough and he got him out.
“All the fans had shovels and I’m pulling in the car park with a nice car and a suit and there was only one thing I could do - I had to go over and say thank you to them because without those guys, the game wouldn’t have gone ahead today and we wouldn’t have got the three points.
“It speaks volumes about the club and the togetherness I want to get here. I want to get Wycombe back to its former glories and believe me the players are well aware of that.”
Player-boss Ainsworth made one change to the Wanderers line-up that held AFC Wimbledon to a draw last week, with Anthony Stewart replacing Kortney Hause in defence.
Matt McClure dropped out of the squad as he prepares to be a father and Blues chief Ainsworth says the result justifies his team selection today.
He added: “We picked our team based around what we thought was coming and I think the result has justified that. Lee Harrison is a great help on days like this because he has a good knowledge of non-league and lower league teams.”
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