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Gareth praises the quality of the Chairboys squad

The Wycombe boss reflects on the pre-season victory over AFC Wimbledon and discusses the countdown to the big kick-off.

27 July 2017

Gareth Ainsworth has been impressed with the application of his side over pre-season, with only one friendly to go until the first game of the league season.

The Chairboys remain undefeated in pre-season after a 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbeldon on Tuesday night at Adams Park, and will travel to Maidenhead United on Friday night (7:45pm KO) for their final bit of pre-season action before the opening day clash at home to Lincoln City on Saturday 5th August.

Gareth, reflecting on the game vs the Dons, was pleased with how his side performed on the night with new signings Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson adjusting well to life in the famous quarters.

"It will be a good feeling to come back here on the 5th August knowing we have played well tonight and won the game," he said.

"There was some good finishing with some chaces created and we really kept Wimbledon's threat to a minimum so I'm really pleased.

"We've worked hard on bringing the right players in and I think that Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson have fit in really well.

"Character wise they are both spot on, and you saw tonight glimpses of Adam's cool, calmness and tenacity at the back and that Nathan will be a threat as he has got pace to burn. I think his best years are now as he's experienced and is going to cause all sorts of problems in League Two.

"So I'm really pleased with them two but we've also got the stalwarts in there too where it must be great for them to know that we've added some quality and I'm looking forward to the season."

The Chairboys go to York Road on Friday night looking to impress the manager for a place in that starting line-up for the first game of the campaign, although Gareth says that with the quality his side possesses, each member of his team will have a big part to play this season.

"A week is a long time in football," he added when questioned about the season countdown.

"We'll assess the boys as there are definitely some tired legs and we've got a lot of games in the first month of the season, so whoever makes that first starting XI of the season isn't necessarily set for the season.

"We are a team that where I get 20 outfield players of a great quality, I don't get a 14 and then bolster it with loads of bodies, I try and get the best quality I can with what we've got and I'm really pleased.

"I don't think we have a weakness in the team, I think everyone can step up as we've got the basis of a really good squad and now it's all about keeping them fit, together and we do that well so fingers crossed with a little bit of luck you never know what could happen."

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