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Gareth looking for a vital three points at Morecambe at full strength

27 April 2017

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth is delighted to travel to Morecambe this weekend with a fully fit squad to choose from.

Wanderers take on the Shrimps in a crucial clash at the Globe Arena as the Chairboys sit just one point outside the play-off places with two left to play, and the return of Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall to training is welcome news with a massive fortnight ahead.

With the team also hitting form just at the right time on the pitch, Gareth is hoping it will all bode well for a strong finish to the campaign, which he feels will be a big thanks to the medical staff.

"We've worked really hard in the close season on not repeating what happened towards the end of last season where we had too many injuries," he said.

"We had the odd ones which can't be avoided, but the little niggly ones like the hamstrings, the muscle pulls, so we made a conscious effort this year.

"Credit goes to my staff as we put a strategy in place which has really paid off and we've got everyone fit now; we have a fantastic squad to choose from and now my biggest headache is leaving players out.

"I'm now looking forward to these next two games; I'm demanding six points, so let's try and get 71 points as I firmly believe that will get us in the mix."

Morecambe are the next challenge standing in Wycombe's way, who are a team that have proved a thorn in Wycombe's side in years gone by.

Gareth, who was full of praise for the Shrimps' boss Jim Bentley, admits his team will have to be at their best to come away with the points.

"Morecambe are a team that have chucked spanners in the works in recent years," he added.

"They beat us 1-0 at home in the season we got to Wembley which really derailed our automatic promotion bid and then last season they beat us 2-0 at Adams Park.

"We are away from home this time and I think that will be a big difference as I think we travel well as a group, the team leaders will get the boys together on the way up and there is no reason why we can't win this game if we perform to the levels we have in recent weeks.

"Jim Bentley is a great manager and Morecambe are a good team who will be playing with freedom so we have to be ready for that.

"Jim is a top guy, I have a lot of respect for him and I'm sure he'll go on to manage at a higher level one day. We'll have a beer after the match but during the game I know Jim will be out to win it as he is a winner.

"So there will be no sentiment during the game just as there hasn't been for the last two years, but we'll go at it, go toe-to-toe and I'm hoping we can get the win that we need."


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