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Gareth: The players have earned the right to be up there

31 March 2016

Gareth Ainsworth says his side can approach the final seven games of the season with ‘no fear’ after reaching the points target set out for them at the start of the campaign.

Having comfortably surpassed their goal of 55 points last year, the Chairboys set themselves the challenge of attaining 61 points in the current campaign, and reached the target in Monday’s 0-0 draw with Notts County.

It leaves them in seventh place in the table with a realistic chance of achieving a place in the Sky Bet League 2 play-offs for the second consecutive season running, and Ainsworth has praised his players for their efforts so far:

“For two years running, the boys have delivered what we asked them to with plenty of games to spare, which is a testament to how well they’ve performed and overcome challenges which have come their way.

“When we set them the target of 61 points in the summer, they tackled it head on and developed a determination between them to not just reach that target but smash past it.

“With 61 points on the board and seven games to play, they know they can play with no fear, play with a smile on their faces and give everything they’ve got to see what they can achieve in this seven-game season ahead of them.

“A club of our size - with the limitations placed on us by the debt which hangs over our heads and the small squad that we have to work with – has no right to compete at the top end of the table with some big clubs, but the players have earned the right to be up there, and the way they go about their business can get them a long long way.”

Chairman Andrew Howard said: “Gareth, his staff and the players have continued their fantastic work from last season and once again delivered what was asked for them. This club has a long-term plan to be debt-free and stable under supporter ownership, and the team responsible for achieving results on the pitch have punched above their weight yet again to leave us in a very strong position.

“Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, the staff and players should be proud of their efforts so far, and with everyone continuing to pull in the same direction, let’s see what we can achieve in the next few weeks.”

Wanderers are next in action at Adams Park on Saturday when they take on play-off chasing AFC Wimbledon.


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