Gareth Ainsworth: ‘Wycombe promotion beyond my wildest dreams’

    Wycombe sealed promotion to the second tier for the first time in their 133- year history after triumph against Oxford.

    Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth stated taking Wycombe into the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in their history was beyond his “wildest dreams”.

    The Chairboys protected promotion after a close-fought 2-1 triumph over Oxford in the League One play- off final at Wembley.

    A deflected Anthony Stewart header provided Wycombe an early lead however the U’s combated back in the second half, with Mark Sykes’ looping cross-shot levelling the score.

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    You made the dream come true.

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    Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) July 13, 2020

    Wanderers retook the lead from the penalty spot in the 79 th minute, after Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood reduced Fred Onyedinma and Joe Jacobson stepped up to seal their promotion to the second tier for the first time in their 133- year history.

    “Amazing, amazing feeling to take this club into the Championship is just surreal, it really is, it’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Ainsworth stated.

    ” I based on that touchline 6 years earlier, I stood here 5 years earlier and got beat on charges and today is simply a conclusion of the heart and desire of those kids. They definitely provided and some more.

    ” It wasn’t the best game we have actually played in the world, we were far better in the first game at Fleetwood and hung on actually well in the second game, however this was constantly going to be cagey.

    ” My goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has actually made 2 world-class conserves, they actually came at us, they’re an excellent side however that was predestined today.

    “There’s 25 individual stories that have ended in the Championship and I’m so, so proud of the boys, they’ve been amazing.”

    Oxford manager Karl Robinson took pride in his team after the play- off final and applauded their efficiency at an empty national arena.

    Robinson stated: “I’m exceptionally pleased with them as you can well think of.

    Where there is competition, there is likewise regard.

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    — Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) July 13, 2020

    ” We have actually been done very early on by a goal that you anticipate to come from the opposition, the longer the game I believed our players played splendidly well. We made some actually key opportunities at essential phases in the game.

    ” All the important things that ran out our control today didn’t succumb to us. Wycombe have actually gone through, whether I think it’s right incorrect or indifferent the way they play that’s unimportant, a huge congratulations need to go to them.

    “But for me a large part of that game we’ve probed and not taken our chance and the mistakes that we made were small little errors and unfortunately it’s cost us.”

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