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Ainsworth: Support will be extra special

5 April 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says the support that his side will receive at Oxford United on Saturday will make it a memorable occasion at the Kassam Stadium (k.o 3pm).

Wanderers go into the game on the back of Monday’s 1-0 victory at Morecambe and the Chairboys faithful are expected to make the short trip along the M40 in their droves with close to 800 tickets having been sold in advance.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play in some big derbies in my career,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player. “They’ve been passionate and everything you want in football and that’s why we’re in the game.

“We’ll be giving our all and we’re taking a few up there who will be getting behind the boys and that’s really special.

“The away support has been really vocal this year and Monday at Morecambe was terrific. The home support has been really good as well. We’ve lost a few at home when maybe we should have won and they’ve still been singing us off at the end.

“The fans have really helped us this year and to take a thousand to Oxford would be phenomenal.

“Hopefully we can deliver and the lads are up for it. They are now coming to the end of the season and we don’t want to down tools yet.

“We still want a few more points to our total and I’ll be making sure we get those points because I don’t want any nervous moments at the end of the season.”

Ainsworth had set his side a 52-point target to ensure their npower League 2 survival, but despite reaching that goal he is determined that there will be no let-off from the Chairboys.

He said: “My initial message, as it was on Monday, is that I’ve changed the target now. No team has ever gone down with 50 points and this year two could, which is unthinkable.

“The target was 52, but that was set back in November/December and we didn’t realise how crazy this league would be. We need another win and want another one. I think mathematical will be the word I’m using for the rest of the season.

“I want to get mathematically safe and survive in League 2. It’s been a long season and we’ve put a lot of work into it. Not just us, but the fans and everyone connected with Wycombe, so it will be a nice moment when we actually achieve it.”

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