Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth was happy to see his side get up and running in League One with a 0-0 draw at home to Blackpool.
Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth was happy to see his side up and running in League One following their 0-0 draw with Blackpool.
The Chairboys marked their return to the third tier with a stalemate against the Seasiders, in what was a competitive affair on the first weekend of the season.
Ainsworth, who led Wycombe to third place in League Two last season, was left satisfied at the result.
Speaking post-match, Ainsworth said: “I’ve got to be happy getting off the board. It’s a good point but the performance is what I’m all about and I saw plenty of positives in there.
“I thought we had the better of the chances all game and should have scored really. We could have notched one or two.
“A point on the board is great but no way am I getting carried away. They’ll see it as a good point away from home.”
Ainsworth has made no secret of Wycombe’s target this year: to stay up - and he believes 55 points will do exactly that.
“We know League One is going to be tough, it’s a different proposition,” he added.
“But I said I’d know a lot more after the game than before the game and it’s 54 points to go for me.
“I’m pleased we’ve got off the board and that’s going to be important for us - 55 points is the target.
“I want to be talking this time next year as a League One club and start building again.”
The only major disappointment for Ainsworth was the late red card shown to his defender Michael Harriman, who was shown a second yellow in the 89th minute after hauling Nathan Delfouneso to the ground.
“It’s inconsistency with the referees, for me,” he said. “I don’t want to get in trouble but I thought there was similar challenges in the game.
“It’s a tough job, but there ought to be a bit of common sense towards the end of the game.
“He’s gutted in there. He said he didn’t even see him, he just ran into him.
“He’s a good friend, Gary. It got a bit heated on the touchline but we’ll have a beer now and a chat and he can give me some ideas on how to survive in League One.”