Gareth Ainsworth says he is looking forward to testing himself against a former Premier League manager when Phil Brown’s Southend United visit Adams Park on Saturday (k.o 3pm).The Shrimpers are riding high in the Sky Bet League 2 table, but go into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season – a 2-1 reverse at Chesterfield.
“They’ll be well organised and Phil Brown is a man that I have massive respect for as a player and manager,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.
“He’s done well in his career and has managed at the top level. I think it’s testament to how many good managers are out there now that Phil is at a League 2 club.
“It’s difficult as there are only 92 jobs in football, everyone wants one and there are a lot of top, top managers out there.
“Having someone of his calibre coming up against me, I’ll be very respectful and welcome him with open arms to Wycombe, but once that whistle goes I’ll be on it just as much as any game.
“They’ll be organised and have a couple of lively strikers, but we’ve got a few surprises this year too.”
Ainsworth added: “We always seem to do well against the top teams and hopefully Saturday will be no different.
“We’ll be up-and-at-'em and will be looking to turn our home form back around. It’s been one win and one defeat at home and we want to make it a fortress.”
Wanderers returned to form last weekend and were only denied a win at league leaders Oxford United by Johnny Mullins’ controversial injury-time equaliser.
However, Ainsworth believes the performance at the Kassam Stadium was far more important than the result.
He said: “The result is irrelevant really as the performance was fantastic. In my mind that was a winning performance.
“It’s back to the standard where we should be. It was a good performance, but it wasn’t something out of the ordinary.
“We did it last year and we’ve done it this year. I think the Mansfield one was the one out of the ordinary and that hopefully won’t be happening too often under me.
“The reaction they showed on Saturday was fantastic and there were real positives. I’m just looking forward to Saturday now to see if they can reproduce that.”
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