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Gareth seeks first points on the road at Vale Park

Wycombe manager looks ahead to this weekend's fixture at Port Vale.

11 August 2017

Gareth Ainsworth is hoping his side can build on their opening day draw with Lincoln City as they prepare for their first away trip of the season at Port Vale.

A game against another league newcomer, this time coming down from the league above, the Wanderers boss is expecting a stern test for his players on a large playing surface at Vale Park.

Back in league action after the midweek cup defeat to Championship big guns Fulham, Ainsworth is hoping his side can get off the mark on the road on Saturday after being largely impressed with his side on the opening day.

"We've got to look at the Lincoln game more than the Fulham game as there was millions of pounds worth of talent against us on Tuesday and I thought we did really well, and held our own with some good individual performances out there," he said.

"So it is the Lincoln game I go back to, and I've viewed it twice now since we played them and I've picked up some points of where we can be better and what we did well and I was really pleased with what I saw.

"Lincoln are a tough team and I stand by saying that will be a good point come the end of the season and now I look forward to going to Port Vale and Vale Park which is a big pitch and we are playing against a good side who were in League One last year.

"I'll be able to add more judgement to my team but it won't be until 5/6 games in when I can get a more well-rounded view of where we are as a team.

"After the first few games teams will be in false positions, but it's all about building points and getting points on the board and our first away win will be a very welcome one on Saturday if we can get it."

The gaffer, for the second week in a succession, comes up against one of his former clubs after spending just over a year at Vale park before moving to Premier League side Wimbledon.

Ainsworth, who scored 11 goals in 59 apperances for the Valiants, is looking forward to visiting the home of his former employers.

"I had a fantastic 13 months at Vale Park, which had a nice end as I got a move to the Premier League.

"Going from Lincoln to Port Vale and then up to Wimbledon in the top division was a great journey and there is still some staff at Vale Park that I know.

"The manager at the time I was there was John Rudge and he is an absolute legend and he played a big part in my career.

"I'm sure at the start of the game there will be some good exchanges because they are a good bunch of fans, and I lived there for a year and have still got friends there and Port Vale definitely played a big part in what I became."

Tickets for Saturday's game vs Port Vale (k.o. 3pm) will be available on the day of the game with a £2 price increase from the away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand at Vale Park which will be open from 1pm.


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