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Ainsworth: Activating them into action

27 September 2013

Wanderers’ matchday preparation for Saturday’s clash at Rochdale will start well in advance of their arrival at Spotland.

Like he did ahead of the last away trip – the 3-0 win at Plymouth Argyle – Gareth Ainsworth will lay on an activity in the morning to ensure his players are both physically and mentally ready for the fixture.
“We try and activate the lads in different ways on a Saturday morning before games,” he told Chairboys Player.

“We got them up for the game at Plymouth after I felt we started a bit sluggish at Hartlepool.

“We put it down to the travelling and the hotel etc, but we did something different before Plymouth and I thought we started really well.

“We’ll be activating again before Rochdale. There’ll be the usual togetherness and a quiz which the boys will be looking forward to. It’ll be a normal away trip and hopefully another happy one.”

However, Ainsworth knows that his side will need to display all the qualities they've shown to go on a six-game unbeaten run if they are to return with the points against the team who only sit below them on goal difference.

He said: “It’ll be a very tough game. It’s not been a great place for us over recent years, but we want to put that right.

“We are on this run and doing really well, but we know we’ll have to be at our best. We are very close to each other in the league and something’s got to give.

“We know what they’re about. I know Keith Hill well as we were together when I was an apprentice at Blackburn.

“We go back a long way and I’ll have a beer with him after the game, but it’ll be business during the 90 minutes and hopefully we can come back with the points.

“We’re not going for a point, we’re going to win, as we always do. I believe we can.

“If we can start on Saturday like we ended against York, we won’t go far wrong.”
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