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Ainsworth lets the shackles off ahead of AFC Wimbledon clash

1 April 2016

Gareth Ainsworth will be hoping to get one over on his former team mate Neal Ardley as Wycombe host AFC Wimbledon.

The two managers played together as part of the Crazy Gang at Wimbledon, but they will be putting any friendship behind them when the two teams take to the field at Adams Park tomorrow (3pm k.o.).

Gareth said: "Coming back as managers together is really good. I have good respect for Neal, he's done a fantastic job at Wimbledon. We were teammates on and off the pitch but for 90 minutes on Saturday we will be hoping that each other doesn't do too well.

"They've started from absolutely nothing and been careful to build themselves up through the leagues. I'm proud of what they've done as an ex-Wimbledon player - that Wimbledon is the Wimbledon that I played for. I have a great friend in Neal Ardley managing and I know it is going to be a tough game."

Wanderers come into the game with a fantastic home record of late, winning the last four and keeping four clean sheets in the process, and reached the 61 point target on Easter Monday with a 0-0 draw at Notts County.

With seven games remaining in the season, Gareth has told his players to play with a smile and will let them loose on an AFC Wimbledon side also battling around the play-off spots.

He said: "I am really proud. It's been a tough season where goalscoring has been concerned but the other side in defending we have outdone everyone in the league. We have really built a lot on our solidity at the back and we have the best defensive record in the league. It is something to be proud of.

"In terms of clean sheets we've outdone last year which is brilliant. If we could have just scored a few more we would have been sitting somewhere similar to last year, but 61 points was always the total and we have got there and I am so pleased.

"Now it is shackles off and let's see how high we can get. There is no target set, let's just see what we can achieve because there is no pressure, play some expansive stuff and try and get some more goals on the board.

"I know that an upset is just round the corner either way, but if we can continue this home streak, and this fortress that we have turned Adams Park into, it will be very interesting come the end of the season, with the home games we've got left, and if we can keep that form going it will put us in a very handsome position."

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