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Waddock salutes 'magnificent' Blues after gutsy point

BLUES boss Gary Waddock had nothing but praise for his side after they battled to a goalless draw at Torquay.

Gary Waddock

BLUES boss Gary Waddock had nothing but praise for his side after they battled to a goalless draw at Torquay.

Waddock admitted a number of his players took to the field at Plainmoor nursing injuries with Jon-Paul Pittman, Stuart Beavon and Chris Westwood missing from the matchday squad altogether.

The Wanderers boss gave little away about the nature of their injuries at full-time but saluted his players for grinding out a draw.

They needed luck along the way with Torquay hitting the post and bar but Waddock was happy to see his side dig deep and play through the pain.

He said: "It just shows the character within the group and tells you a lot about that group of players. I said to them before the game that we will find out a lot about ourselves as individuals and as a group today and they stood up to that.

"It is a very good point. Torquay are a very good side and to pick up a point on the road against them is a good one. I thought the players were magnificent. They were throwing their bodies in and blocking things and defended with our lives.

"Every single player performed well and they had to. They were strong and solid but you need to do that when you come to a place like this.

"We showed the ability to dig in and be strong and solid when we needed to be."

Waddock was again indebted to goalkeeper Nikki Bull who denied Guy Branston when his second-half save prevented the 32-year-old heading a certain winner.

Gulls boss Paul Buckle joked with Waddock about getting Bull in a Torquay shirt but the Blues boss knows how vital the 29-year-old stopper has been this season.

He said: "Bucks said to me during the course of the game 'if you want to get rid of Bully then I will have him'.

"He has been outstanding this season and we are running out of things to say about him. Bucks can't have him."

The point keeps Wycombe third but waiting anxiously to see if fourth-placed Shrewsbury miss out on the chance to leapfrog them into the automatic promotion spots when they head to Hereford tomorrow.

Waddock said: "We have three games remaining and at the end of that third game we will know if we have done enough.

"If we would have won today it would have pushed us closer to where we want to get to. But to come here, whether it is the first day of the season or the end of the season, and get a point is a good effort. If it helps us towards our goal then fantastic."

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