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Gareth: "We can't wait to get started"

Wycombe boss previews opening game of the season vs Lincoln City

4 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth says he is looking forward to getting back to business as the league season starts this Saturday at home to Lincoln City.

After a positive pre-season, the Chairboys begin their Sky Bet League season by welcoming newly-promoted Lincoln City to Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

After finshing 2016/17 so strongly with only two defeats in their last 13 games, the Wanderers manager is hoping the team can carry that momentum forward into the new campaign after keeping the nucleus of that squad together over the summer.

The Chairboys have now also added the quality of Adam El-Abd, Nathan Tyson and Jack Williams to the dressing room, and Ainsworth is looking forward to seeing his team pit their wits against a strong Lincoln side.

"We can't wait to get started," he said.

"It's been a good pre-season, and you need pre-season games to get your match fitness in, but Saturday will be a totally different game to the ones we have had in July and I'm looking forward to it.

"It's about time that the league season is back, and Lincoln City is a heck of a first game; a team who have been on absolute fire.

"It's going to be a great occasion for them having been out of the league for so long and they will bring plenty of fans.

"They've made a lot of new signings and they are quite a changed side to what did win the National League, and we're the opposite, we've been very consistent as the squad has been kept together with only three additions that I am very happy with.

"So it's going to be a great game and I'm looking forward to getting underway at 3pm on Saturday."

It promises to be a great atmophere at Adams Park with Lincoln looking to bring a large away support down to their first game back in the EFL.

With that said, Gareth is hoping the Wanderers faithful can back the boys in numbers and help see them over the line in a tough opening fixture.

"Let's get Adams Park rocking and make sure as many fans as possible get down," the boss urged.

"It's the first game of the season and people have been looking forward to this for weeks and we finished the season so well last year and I'm hoping people do remember the momentum we had.

"But Lincoln City finished it perhaps better than we did, so we're going to be up against it, as they are definitely contenders to be in the top-three this season and it's going to be tough, but if we can get the fans down and get the place rocking and match Lincoln's support and then some then I think we will have every chance.

"I'm looking forward to it, and can't wait to see everyone back at Adams Park on Saturday."

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