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Ainsworth: All attention moves to Orient

27 March 2017

Gareth Ainsworth says he is looking forward to training this week as the Chairboys aim to get back to winning ways at Leyton Orient this weekend.

Last Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Notts County at Adams Park saw Wycombe lose their first match in six games, as Shola Ameobi got the Magpies' winner in a frustrating afternoon for the home side.

Results elsewhere largely went Wanderers' way and the gap between Gareth Ainsworth's side and the play-offs is four points with seven games remaining, and the boss is determined to get the top seven hunt back on track at the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday, with injured players coming back into the fold.

"It was not good enough," Ainsworth said reflecting on the Notts defeat on Saturday.

"We lost Dayle, Aaron Pierre, and lost Bayo last week, who just passed a fitness test prior to the game when he hadn't trained all week so that was a tough one.

"With Dayle and Aaron in this team who have gone on an unbeaten run it was difficult to miss them, but players have got to step up and take their chance.

"I thought Nick Freeman looked lively when he came on, and with Hayes, Blooms and Woody back, that is all positive.

"We've got some good players in that treatment room who are ready to return soon, and next week at Leyton Orient we will go there and a win will change the whole picture.

"There are teams stuttering, there are teams coming up as well and we want to get involved in that.

"That is all positive, but the performance today wasn't good enough, no excuses from me and we'll try and put it right next weekend."

The return of Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood to the squad at the weekend was greatly welcomed by all of a Wycombe persuasion ahead of the season run-in; giving the team a blend of youth and experience for the battles ahead.

Ainsworth says the team are determined to do all they can to get to the play-offs, as preparations turn fully to Saturday and Leyton Orient.

"We want to have our experienced players out there for the big games, but we have also got some kids in there who are still learning their trade so we've got to be realistic about expectations," he added.

"But I want to go for these play-offs, we've set the target, let's try and get there and that's the big thing for me.

"It looks like we're going to have to try and win five out of seven but we can do that, there's no reason why we can't, we could win seven out of seven.

"It's only 11v11 every week and I'm looking forward to working with the boys this week, hopefully get a few of the injured players back and make a start on this table."

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