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Boss beaming with 'fairy tale'

Gareth Ainsworth praised his side after they retained their Football League status with a 3-0 League Two win at relegated Torquay.

Man of the match Sam Wood got Wanderers off to a perfect start by converting Matt Bloomfield's fifth minute cross from the right at the second attempt.

Steven Craig doubled Wanderers' lead from a 42nd minute penalty following Anthony O'Connor's foul on striker Matt McClure.

O'Connor saw red for a second bookable offence, a 51st minute foul on McClure, who then scored Wanderers third goal with an exquisite lob 10 minutes later.

Ainsworth admitted: "This is the best thing I have ever done in my career. I am so high and I am going to enjoy this one because this was a special day.

"Fairy tales like this is why people watch the lower leagues.

"I have watched the press box more than I usually do. But I was kept informed. This was a fantastic day. It was like a home game for us and we are so delighted.The players deserved everything.

"I was calm and calculated before the game with the boys and we got a good start and an even better ending.

"I love football and Wycombe Wanderers gave me my first chance in management and hopefully I have repaid a little bit of the faith.

"I have learned lessons and there are things you always learn as a manager. I know it is difficult for clubs to give managers time because people want results and there is that much money you see managers right, left and centre going.

"Hopefully I will have a bit of time to rebuild now and build a squad that I want and go attack League Two. Please no more final days like this.

"I envisaged this. It has been tough to stay positive sometimes - when everyone writes you off and everyone is against you. There were some lads in tears last weekend and this week it is tears of joy.

"I have always stayed positive and in the face of adversity you learn a lot about yourself and your team. It's just been a fantastic day."