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Ainsworth expecting tough Accrington challenge

11 December 2015

Gareth Ainsworth is expecting a tough match as Wycombe return to league action for the trip to high-flying Accrington Stanley tomorrow (k.o. 3pm).

The Blues, fresh off the back of a fantastic Emirates FA Cup second round win at League 1 Millwall on Saturday, will be hoping to get their league form back on track after defeat at Bristol Rovers last time out.

“It is a great game for us to have,” Ainsworth said. “With trips on the road we always seem to bond well and do well away from home. It was fantastic to beat Millwall in the FA Cup and get a really nice draw [in the third round against Aston Villa] which will help the club no end financially, but that is a dot on the horizon at the moment and we really want to concentrate on the league.

“Accrington are doing really well this season. They’ve got a good manager and they’re doing very well on a small budget so we know we are going to be in for a tough game. Conditions are probably going to play a part, as they will do in the games coming up around Christmas which is a very important period for us.

“They have turned over some big teams this season and played some great football and we will have to be at our best to keep them out one end and hopefully score some goals at the other.”

Accrington sit fourth in the League 2 table and come into the match at the Crown Ground on a six-match unbeaten run in the league – including five wins – but lost out to Portsmouth in the Emirates FA Cup last week, and Gareth believes Accrington are reaching heights similar to what the Blues did last season.

“We did it last year and there are teams that punch above their weight and Accrington are definitely one of those this season,” he said.

“They’ve got some strong players in Josh Windass and Billy Kee up front. They go forward really well and are fluid so it will be a test for us.

“The league is very close this year. We take a draw at home to Dagenham and then go and beat one of the top teams or a draw at Leyton Orient. There is not much in the league this season, we have seen that and anyone who thinks there is, is quite naïve.

“The teams at the top could have probably been predicted to be there as they are the big spenders and have the big squads, but the rest of the 20 teams are much of the same and it is those games where there is not much in it that you need to make a difference.

“Those individual players with that little bit of skill can make a difference in these games and this is one of those.”

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