Gareth Ainsworth says newly-promoted Mansfield Town will pose his side a real threat on Saturday, despite the Stags’ difficult start to the season.Mansfield won 20 of their final 24 games to clinch the Blue Square Premier title last year, but have yet to score upon their return to the Football League.
“The Conference is very strong,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player. “In the last 10 years there haven’t been many teams that have come up and gone straight back down. I can’t name one!
“They will be strong and I know they signed Ollie Palmer from Havant who’s a good player. They’re quite a big, direct side and we’ll be up against it.
“They haven’t scored a goal yet in the league and they’ll be wanting to do so. We have to make Adams Park tight, make Adams Park a difficult place to come to and ultimately we have to go and score goals against them.”
Ainsworth added: “Adams Park has been great for us so far this season. The two games we’ve played we’ve had two great performances.
“We’ve had a win and a defeat, but as I said the other night, the defeat felt like a win – it was that good.
“We have to make Adams Park a tough place to come to pick up points. Last year our home form wasn’t as good as our away form and we need to flip that - our home form should be the key factor for us this season.”
Blues’ boss reverted back to the side that started the opening-day victory against Morecambe when the Chairboys visited AFC Wimbledon last Saturday, and Ainsworth revealed he’s still learning about his team.
He said: “We have a specific way of playing, but it’s not always just pressing high and running at people.
“We’ll try and set a few traps and hopefully we can carve out some chances. We worked on a few things in the game behind closed doors and they came off really well. There are a few little moves that we’ve put together.
“The longer we go the more we’ll learn. I don’t think anyone could pick our best XI yet and that’s my job.
“I have to get the best XI out there for Saturday for that game, but there are probably 21,22 players at this club who could all play a first-team game, which is great for me, but it’s also about picking the right players at the right time.”
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