Gareth Ainsworth says his side are striving for the ‘spine-tingling’ feeling of a victory when they face Southend United at Adams Park tomorrow.
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He said: “The job I was put in charge to do isn’t done yet. My big job is to get Wycombe Wanderers back to the stature that it deserves to be at, but my immediate job is to keep the club safe. Wins are important.”
The 39-year-old predicts 50 points will see the Chairboys safe, and although he believes his side possess the qualities to surpass that total, survival remains his first priority.
Ainsworth admitted: “It’s been tough with Dobbo, it really has. His absence has made it more apparent that we need the three of us – me, Dobbo and Lee – so we can share the workload and bring our own things to the table.”
The Blues will be boosted by the return of assistant manager Richard Dobson, who has been missed the last two outings due to illness.
He added: “The spine-tingling feeling you get after a win is unrivalled. That’s something you can’t buy, but you have to earn it. We’ve felt it a lot recently and hopefully we can feel it again on Saturday.”
“We’ll go out there and do the right things – we’ll be passionate and full of energy. The 11 selected will be giving their all to win the points.”
“We now have to step back on the gas and see how far we can go. The music will be on, the place will be buzzing again and we will have had a week’s good training behind us.
“The important thing now is getting a win because two losses on the spin isn’t good – that’s not happened for a long time. We need to turn that around and put a performance in.
“Defeats aren’t nice and it’s my job to keep things positive and keep us going in the right direction,” said Ainsworth.
Wanderers will be looking to get back to winning ways in front of the home faithful after defeats to Bradford City and Bristol Rovers.