Gareth Ainsworth has challenged his side to earn Wanderers supporters the bragging rights over near-neighbours Oxford United.Blues won 1-0 in last year’s fixture, but come up against a side in form with Chris Wilders’ team sitting top of Sky Bet League 2 and with a perfect record from three games.
“It’s a big M40 derby and I want to give the bragging rights to Wycombe fans and every player out there will as well,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.
“This early into the season it isn’t really an underdog shout yet. They’ve started on fire with three wins and they’re one of the few 100-per-centers left in the country.
“We did well last year, but that counts for nothing. It’s a new season, a new team and they have a new squad as well.
“They’ve got some high-name players there, but we’ve got some good names here and some boys who want to go and prove something to Oxford.”
Chairboys were backed by a vocal support of 1,132 at last season’s fixture and Ainsworth says he is expecting another fine away attendance cheering his side on.
He said: “It will be a great atmosphere and I’m sure there will be a lot of Wycombe fans going up there.
“The ones who walked last year will probably have the luxury of transport this year and not have to set off as early, but we’ll be giving just as much as last year to get the points.
“That day we were watching a game at Port Vale on Friday night and got home just in time to wave the Oxford walkers off.
“The next day I woke up and felt great and felt that something special was going to happen, and to go and do it at Oxford was a great day.
“I’m sure every Wycombe fan will remember that day for a while, but we can create a new one on Saturday and hopefully we can do the business.
“I know I’ve got the team capable of beating anyone in the league on their day and it’s my job to get them up for this one and pick the right team to go and turn Oxford over.
“I know we can do and it’s in us, it’s just doing it on the day.”