Oct 3 2012 By Greg Burns
MATT McClure is hoping he can bang in the goals to secure Gareth Ainsworth's appointment as Wycombe manager.
The 20-year-old is one of the players to have benefited from a change in management at Adams Park with his first start and first goal of the season against Plymouth on Tuesday night.
It was a performance and result that strengthened caretaker boss Ainsworth's case for the permanent role and he has McClure's backing.
He said: “It felt like a win. We have been used to losing and the performance, the character and the work-rate all comes down from Gaz. We all want to do it for him, win him games and get him the job.”
A series of injuries in the past year has restricted McClure's development but the Northern Ireland U21 international said he feels a new lease of life under Ainsworth.
“I feel good,” he said. “Earlier in the season it hasn't been happening for me and I haven't been involved. I haven't really been on top of my game but I feel a lot sharper and fresher and it is always nice to get a start or a goal.
“I just felt a big sluggish. I was doing everything right, was eating the right foods but it just hasn't been happening.
“Maybe it's the confidence Gaz has shown in me but there has just been a spark. Only three boys have scored so there is a place up for grabs. Hopefully I will get another start on Saturday and nail it down.”