Ainsworth bemoans unlucky loss

Ainsworth: Trying to stay positive

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Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth felt a host of things went against his side in their 4-1 FA Cup first-round defeat to Crewe.

Wanderers went ahead through Matt Spring's rasping strike despite losing skipper Gary Doherty to a ninth-minute injury.

However, goals from Mathias Pogba, Mark Ellis, Chuks Aneke and Luke Murphy saw Alex go into the hat for the second round draw.

"Nikki Bull doesn't want to play for Wycombe again but we've got Jordan [Archer] and he saved a penalty and made some fantastic saves," said Ainsworth. "We've got 12 first-team players injured now and losing two defenders was a massive blow. After Gary went off we replaced him with Antony [Stewart] but then he pulled his thigh. We had to put Kortney Hause on and he's only 17 so it was far from ideal.

"We had to take our chances when we got them. It will be a lesson for the lads as they got punished by Crewe, who are a good footballing side.

"It's tough for us at the moment, but I will never shirk a challenge."