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Gareth: We're gearing up for the run-in

Blues boss reflects on the Easter weekend and looks ahead to the final five.

6 April 2018

Gareth Ainsworth says his players certainly won’t be taking their foot off the gas despite having no game this weekend.

Lincoln City’s progression to the Checkatrade Trophy final this Sunday ensured that the Chairboys’ trip to Sincil Bank was rescheduled to Tuesday 17th April, meaning their next outing will be the away fixture at Yeovil on Saturday 14th April.

Wanderers’ efforts over the Easter weekend ensures they will remain in the automatic promotion places no matter what happens elsewhere this Saturday, and reflecting on the four points in four days, the boss was pleased with the return.

“Four points from the Easter weekend you certainly can’t grumble at,” Ainsworth said.

“We’ve stopped one of our promotion rivals getting points over us and the draw at Notts County could be an important point come the end of the season.

“Then the win on Easter Monday against Grimsby was another crucial three points for us; especially after coming from a goal down after 15 minutes. The rallying call was patience and control and we mustered up over 20 shots in the game and eventually got the breakthrough and the result we deserved.

“So it was a great weekend and it sits us nicely in the table with five games to go.”

After a hectic schedule in recent weeks, the break in play will allow injuries to heal, bodies to recover and heads to regroup and focus for the run-in, but Ainsworth says the intensity in training will not drop ahead of the pivotal final five.

“Rest is important but you can’t give the players too much rest because their bodies need to know that they are still in this season, so there will be a couple of heavy sessions this week and then they will have the weekend off.

“Then next week we will be doing some serious work to make sure that the week in which we have to face Yeovil, Lincoln and Accrington is a successful one because that is a tough week which could define our season.

“It’s fantastic from the boys that we know that we will still go into that Yeovil game in third place no matter what happens elsewhere this weekend.

“I’m expecting an exciting end to the season, and I know in my squad I have got players who have been there and done it before and I’ve got plenty of energy from the younger boys to supplement anything we might be missing as well.

“So we’ve got a good combination, a good balance and let’s try and do this automatically - that is my message to the players.”

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