Gareth Ainsworth wants Tuesday’s superb performance in the JPT to act as a springboard for the Chairboys to return to winning ways in the league when they face Torquay this afternoon.The 40-year-old made a number of changes to his starting XI as his side turned on the style to secure a comfortable 2-1 win over League 1 opposition Bristol City at Adams Park in the week, and now has a plenty of options from which to choose from.
“It's been difficult but a good dilemma for me. When I assembled this squad in the summer I planned for days like this,” Ainsworth told Chairboys Player.
“This is what I've wanted and now it's a case of me earning my money and picking the right team to win the game.
“There were obviously 11 markers that went out on Tuesday night, saying 'I want this place and I want to play in this team', and we've still got some big names to come back into the fold, so it’s a nice dilemma for me.”
After last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Burton, Ainsworth explained what went on behind-the-scenes to put that right.
He said: “From the final whistle on Saturday we were down, as a trio and we took it hard.
“From that moment we started planning what we were going to do, what went wrong that day and how we can put that right.
“Torquay will come strong there’s no doubting that, so we’ve got to make sure we don’t let anything slip.
“We're at home and want to impose ourselves on them, and hopefully we can pick the right 11, the right personnel, the right formation, the right tactics and take the points.
“This league is wide open, it's as open as it's been for a while. There's a few teams who have spent a lot of money at the top, and if you do that in this league you're going to have success.
“The likes of Oxford, Fleetwood and Chesterfield are up there for a reason. They've spent well and they can afford to sign these big players.
“But we are in amongst the rest of them and if we can stay in touching distance with them going into the second half of the season, we'll see what we can do - but we're happy where we are.”
By Sean Gallagher