SAM Wood believes Wycombe Wanderers can start looking upwards in League Two in the second half of the season.

Things started brightly for Wanderers as they got off to a winning start at newly-promoted York before a barren run saw them plunge into the relegation places.

Manager Gary Waddock was axed after picking up just one win from the Chairboys’ first eight games in a disastrous start to the 2012-13 campaign.

Gareth Ainsworth, a firm favourite with the fans, was promoted to player-boss at the start of the November and has turned around the club’s fortunes since then.

The former QPR winger has lifted Wanderers out of the drop zone after a five-game unbeaten run that started after a defeat at Wood’s old side Rotherham.

Wood was delighted the Wycombe board chose a familiar face to lead the club out of danger and believes Ainsworth has got the Chairboys back on track.

He said: “Luckily it wasn’t someone totally new coming in and Gaz had worked with us in pre-season so he knew what we could and couldn’t do. He has drilled in his way of playing and it’s starting to pay off now.

“The aim at the start of the season was promotion. The start we made wasn’t great and now we just take each game as it comes. We’re looking up but we don’t want to aim too high – if we do make it then that’ll be a bonus.

“The league is definitely stronger this year. A lot more clubs have got a lot more money to spend and that means stronger teams. My old club Rotherham have got a new manager and spent a lot of money for example.”

Wycombe’s home game with Bradford fell victim to the weather at the weekend in a widespread washout that saw only two League Two games go ahead.

Ainsworth’s boys were due to travel to Cheltenham yesterday [Wednesday] and face another long trip to Plymouth on Saturday.

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