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Ainsworth: Adapt to the conditions

14 February 2014

Gareth Ainsworth says his side will have to adapt to the conditions at Cheltenham Town if they are to build on Tuesday’s draw.


Wanderers changed formation against Fleetwood Town and saw plenty of the ball, but with the South West having been hit hard by the recent poor weather, Ainsworth knows his side will have to do the ugly side of the game as well.
“We’ve used different formations this season - sometimes it warrants going a bit more direct to the frontman and sometimes you want to be able to play through teams,” Blues’ boss told Chairboys Player.

“Our pitch was nice and we wanted to play through Fleetwood and I thought we did it well. It’s not total football, but it’s nice to know you can do that when you need to.

“With some of the pitches lately we have maybe had to miss that part of the game and try to go a bit longer. It’s horses for courses as well and depends on what teams you play against and what personnel you have fit.
“These all come into things on a Saturday. You’d love to see the purist perfect football of
Barcelona
every week, but it doesn’t happen in League 2.”
Ainsworth added: “That part of the world has been hit with the storms so it will be a heavy pitch again. The gale-force winds will be out so it’s something else we have to look at.
“Saturday was a clean sheet and great to build on, which I thought we did on Tuesday. We want to get the ball down and play under the wind, but we may have to play ugly sometimes and do the other side with the hard work.”

 


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