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Ainsworth relishing derby clash

18 December 2015

Gareth Ainsworth is looking to take the positives from Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Notts County into tomorrow’s derby clash against Oxford Utd.

The Blues welcome the Yellows from down the M40 for the Sky Bet League 2 match (3pm k.o.) with the visitors sitting pretty in second place, but the gaffer is hoping for a good atmosphere at Adams Park to spur his side on.

“These derby games are always good and as a player I used to love and relish the derbies,” he said. “It’s obviously for the bragging rights of the M40 so it’s an important one for the fans and I will be making sure the players know that and we’ll build on the positives from recent weeks.

“We always think we are competitive with whatever side we put out but Oxford will be tough, they’re sitting second in the league, they’ve taken on a whole new look with their squad and their resources are huge. It’s a big club so for us to be able to get one over on them as an underdog would be fantastic.”

Ainsworth fully expects Oxford to be in and around the top spots come May, and is determined to improve his side’s home form having drawn the last three league games at Adams Park.

He said: “Oxford have a great history of the old Division One, and they are a team with great history in both league and cup. People focus on the recent plights of Leeds or Man City, but Oxford were always a big side back in the day and they want to get back to where they were.

“It is a big city and they have a good fan base so it is not a surprise to see them sitting near the top of the league as they are one of the bigger sides. It is always a tasty affair with Wycombe Wanderers due to the close proximity and, being the underdogs, gives us that little spice and we might be able to get something over on them.

“We aren’t getting beat at home which is great. We would love to turn a few of these draws into wins and that’s what we are working on. We’ve got a lot of home games coming and I’ve said before that away form seems to be up across the board, not just at Wycombe Wanderers – it’s everywhere.

“The better teams will be able to get their home form going just as well. We aim to be doing that, it will be a tough game but I am sure there will be plenty of fans there and hopefully make sure everyone enjoys their Christmas.”

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