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Ainsworth: Let's show what we can do

4 February 2013

Gareth Ainsworth believes his side can spring a surprise when they face high-flying Gillingham in front of the Sky cameras this evening (k.o. 7.45pm).

The 39-year-old player-manager has masterminded a superb run of results to lift the Blues from the foot of npower League 2 to within 10 points of the play-offs, sparked by a 3-2 success at Rotherham United in November.

“We’re becoming nice coupon busters,” he told Chairboys Player. “I remember going to Rotherham when we were bottom of the league and at 2-1 down at half-time the bookies must have been writing us off then. 

“We have this little knack now of never giving up and never saying die no matter where we are in the league, no matter what game it is and no matter how big it is. 

“We have some great players, we’re solid, we’re resilient and we can unlock teams. We have some great attacking players and have momentum with us. 

“It’s a game we’re not fearing and the bookies can do what they want, but I know what we can do and, like I say, there’s a buzz about this place, fans, staff and everyone included.

“It’s a great place to be and whatever happens we’ll have had some good experiences this season and we want to keep the buzz and take it further. This is what I see Wycombe being in the future and that’s what I want to instil.”

Ainsworth added: “I’m sure a few of the boys wouldn’t have experienced being on Sky TV before and it will be great for them. 

“Having done it, it’s a brilliant experience but it’s still just a game – a game against Gillingham who are second in the league. We don’t fear anyone in this league and I really truly believe that we can go and beat Gillingham if we do it right.”

However, Ainsworth is under no illusions about how difficult the task to take the three points will be. 

He said: “Lee Harrison and I went to their game against Northampton. The conditions were horrendous and there was a hurricane over there so it wasn’t a great spectacle. We didn’t learn a lot but even the smallest bit of information could help us.

“We know that they will be up for it. You don’t need to go and watch a Martin Allen side to know the attitude and work ethic of them. 

“We have the same sort of thing here and I think we have some very good players here who on their day can match anyone in this league. If they can be on their day on Monday then I’m sure we will be right in that game.

“It won’t be easy and we’ll have to be at our best, but that’s why we’re footballers and that’s what we do. Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves both for the fans, who travel and who will be magnificent again, and for the Sky audience.”

He concluded: “The technical areas will probably be all bald because I can hardly stay in mine! I want to be on the pitch and I know Martin Allen’s the same, he’s animated and up and down. I know him a little bit and he’s a character. 

“We’re both passionate for the game and full of energy and if I can transfer more energy to my team than he can to his then I’ll win that battle and hopefully the lads can do it on the pitch.”

 The 39-year-old player-manager has masterminded a superb run of results to lift the Blues from the foot of npower League 2 to within 10 points of the play-offs, sparked by a 3-2 success at Rotherham United in November.

“We’re becoming nice coupon busters,” he told Chairboys Player. “I remember going to Rotherham when we were bottom of the league and at 2-1 down at half-time the bookies must have been writing us off then. 

“We have this little knack now of never giving up and never saying die no matter where we are in the league, no matter what game it is and no matter how big it is. 

“We have some great players, we’re solid, we’re resilient and we can unlock teams. We have some great attacking players and have momentum with us. 

“It’s a game we’re not fearing and the bookies can do what they want, but I know what we can do and, like I say, there’s a buzz about this place, fans, staff and everyone included.

“It’s a great place to be and whatever happens we’ll have had some good experiences this season and we want to keep the buzz and take it further. This is what I see Wycombe being in the future and that’s what I want to instil.”

Ainsworth added: “I’m sure a few of the boys wouldn’t have experienced being on Sky TV before and it will be great for them. 

“Having done it, it’s a brilliant experience but it’s still just a game – a game against Gillingham who are second in the league. We don’t fear anyone in this league and I really truly believe that we can go and beat Gillingham if we do it right.”

However, Ainsworth is under no illusions about how difficult the task to take the three points will be. 

He said: “Lee Harrison and I went to their game against Northampton. The conditions were horrendous and there was a hurricane over there so it wasn’t a great spectacle. We didn’t learn a lot but even the smallest bit of information could help us.

“We know that they will be up for it. You don’t need to go and watch a Martin Allen side to know the attitude and work ethic of them. 

“We have the same sort of thing here and I think we have some very good players here who on their day can match anyone in this league. If they can be on their day on Monday then I’m sure we will be right in that game.

“It won’t be easy and we’ll have to be at our best, but that’s why we’re footballers and that’s what we do. Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves both for the fans, who travel and who will be magnificent again, and for the Sky audience.”

He concluded: “The technical areas will probably be all bald because I can hardly stay in mine! I want to be on the pitch and I know Martin Allen’s the same, he’s animated and up and down. I know him a little bit and he’s a character. 

“We’re both passionate for the game and full of energy and if I can transfer more energy to my team than he can to his then I’ll win that battle and hopefully the lads can do it on the pitch.”


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