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Gareth hints at changes for Grimsby showdown

Boss could shuffle the pack for second game in four days.

1 April 2018

Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth says he could make changes to his side for the second fixture of the Easter weekend when Grimsby Town visit Adams Park on Monday (k.o. 3pm).

The Chairboys opted for experience in a ‘blood and guts’ 0-0 draw with fellow promotion chasers Notts County on Friday, with Wycombe becoming only the second visiting side to leave Meadow Lane with a clean sheet following a professional and committed display.

Now Ainsworth says he might look to freshen up his attacking approach in a bid to overcome the struggling Mariners, who are without a win since early December and in desperate need of a result for their own battle at the bottom.

“I went with experience,” said Ainsworth after the 0-0 draw with the Magpies. “These boys have done it before, they know how to perform in these types of games and they know how to win promotion, so we set up for a real battle and that’s what we got.

“It might be different against Grimsby. We had plenty of firepower on the bench and we’re going into the game looking for the three points, because we know that if we can keep clean sheets and start scoring freely again then nobody can stop us.”

The encounter at Meadow Lane saw both keepers make vital saves in a tense affair, with the result favouring the Blues as it preserves a four-point cushion ahead of their nearest rivals.

“I’m very happy,” Ainsworth added. “We had the lion’s share of chances – we had one disallowed and their keeper’s made a great save – but Scott Brown has made a fantastic one too at the other end. It was a real blood and guts game between two teams fighting at the top and neither wanted to give in.

“I’m proud of the boys. It was a real cup tie atmosphere and a tough place to come because Notts County have got a really good home record. I thought Adam El-Abd was outstanding at the back and we’ve now kept three clean sheets in four games.

“The big message for the boys before the game was about control. We had to control our emotions and control what we do, because when you’re out of control, that’s when mistakes can happen. We needed to keep our focus for 90+ minutes and that’s what we did. Now we need to recover the legs and back it up on Monday.”

And his final word was for the phenomenal away support that spurred his side on from the first kick to the last and beyond.

“The fans never stopped singing. They were right there with us, shouting for every decision, and their support helped us so much, so I want to say thank you so much. Easter Monday could be big for us, we want to finish the weekend with a win, and we’ll need them right behind us once again.”

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