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Difficult decisions for Ainsworth

9 August 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says the midweek display against Leicester City has given him food for thought ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.

The four players - Kortney Hause, Matt Spring, Jo Kuffour and Steven Craig - that came into the side for the visit of the Championship side in the Capital One Cup impressed, leaving Ainsworth with some tough decisions to make when it comes to his starting XI.
“I've got some tough calls but everyone knows whatever decisions I make, the lads will back,” the 40-year-old told Chairboys Player.

“We’re in it together and if someone decides they don’t want to be, fine. I know where the best place to be is and it’s in that group, whether you’re starting, on the bench or cheering from the stand.

“We’ve only got 25 this season and we had 10 out injured at one stage last season. We are bound to have a time when we have three or four out and everyone will play their part.

“I need everybody on board and pushing in the right way. If I could play them all I would do, but whatever 11 I put out there everyone will be behind them.”

He added: “We’re playing some great football. We've worked hard in training and it’s good to see things coming off, especially against a Championship side like Leicester. It warms the heart and I think we can win more than we lose in League 2.

“How far we can go is up to the players and the way we approach things, but I’m really excited and looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Ainsworth, who played for Wimbledon between 1998 and 2003, is full of praise for the club’s supporters and his former team-mate Neal Ardley.

He said: “Huge respect to the fans because they’ve saved that club and come up through the leagues. Last year was the first time they’ve been in a relegation battle and Neal did a great job in keeping them up.

“Neal and I talk and we had some great times. We were both at the height of our careers and really shared some good times there. Our friendship will never die but we’ve both got a professional job to do on Saturday. We both want the points.

“It’s going to be a tough game, without a doubt. They’ve got a lot of new signings, but we’re stronger than last season. That’s not disrespect to those from last year, it’s respect to those that are here this year.

“It’s a strong group with some young players and some experienced heads. Anyone of those could play for me and I know I could trust them to do a job. It’s a great position to be in as a manager.”
Ainsworth also confirmed that Matt McClure and Gary Doherty are in contention for the clash at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

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