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Ainsworth to shuffle the pack

31 October 2013

Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth admits he could make changes to his starting XI for the first time in almost a month at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.


Matt Bloomfield’s suspension means the 40-year-old will be forced into one at the very least, but he hinted at further personnel being drafted in following the impressive display in the 1-0 friendly win at QPR on Tuesday.
“I want to keep the squad fresh and on their toes - some players needed the game,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.

“I’ve kept the same XI for a while so it was important for the players on the periphery to get some minutes.

“When they’re called upon they need to do the business, and without games and minutes prior to that it’s very difficult.

“It was a tough game, very slowed pace, but it was good to get a win, even if it was a friendly.”

He added: “Obviously Matt Bloomfield is suspended so there is going to be one change at least.

“The team will show itself at 2pm on Saturday and hopefully it’s good enough to take the points come 5pm.”

Ainsworth stressed the importance of a virtually fully-fit squad ahead of a hectic period up until the rearranged fixture at Pompey on Wednesday 4th December.

He said: “We’ve got nine, possibly 10 if there’s an FA Cup replay, in the next month, including the Berks & Bucks and the JPT which we’ll be taking very seriously.

“We are going to try and win every game, and I believe we can win every game. To have a fully-fit squad is a real boost.

“Apart from Blooms, there are one or two issues we might have to address but they are only minor.”
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