Richard Dobson says Saturday’s behind-closed-doors friendly with Reading will give the Blues a chance to work on both sides of their game.
“We won’t be slacking in our work; we expect the same work-rate and energy from them.”
He said: “We’ve got a great relationship. We’ve been very detailed in our sessions, but I think the players notice that too. We’ve got to set the standard from the front. If they are high, the players will latch on to that and expect that from themselves.
Dobbo, Gareth Ainsworth and Lee Harrison formed a tight-knit group last season and the Blues’ assistant manager says the trio’s dedication is rubbing off on the players.
“August 3rd against Morecambe is when it matters, but we want to see signs that were improving fitness wise and tactically from what we’re doing on the training pitch. There were certainly good signs the other night.”
He added: “Nothing is as important as the first game, but we’re heading in the right direction.
“Players need a reality check from time to time and where they are. I’ve seen it numerous times in the past where teams have won all their pre-season games and then gone into the first game of the season and got beat.”
“We’ll learn a lot more from the Reading game than the last two games, that’s for sure.
“We can start to apply our defensive tactics for the season and it’ll be interesting to see how the players do coming up against better players.
“We’re expecting to be out of possession more than they have been in the last two games,” the assistant manager told Chairboys Player.
Wanderers have shown their attacking prowess in victories over Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh, but Dobson knows the clash with the Championship side will see the defence tested more than they have been.