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Gareth: Embrace the opportunity

Blues boss previews Accrington.

20 April 2018

Gareth Ainsworth has urged his players to go out and embrace the challenge ahead of them as they prepare to take on league leaders Accrington Stanley at Adams Park this weekend.

The Chairboys come up against John Coleman’s side in what is their penultimate home game of the season, and go into the fixture in third spot; two points clear of Exeter City in fourth with three games to play.

With their fate in their own hands, Ainsworth has told his players and the Wanderers fans to focus on themselves and the opportunity they have from these next three games, starting this Saturday on home turf.

“We know what we need to do; we need to equal the results of the teams below us and try and better the ones of the two teams above us and that is what we are going out to try and do this Saturday.

“My message is opportunity not worry. Go and embrace it, go and grab the opportunity with both hands and hopefully we will see a reward at the end of it and that being promotion to League One.

“I don’t see the point in fear because if you are worried about what could go wrong you could miss the opportunity to make things right and what you could grasp, so you can’t worry about things that could happen you just try and deal with them if they do.

“We want to finish as high as possible so we are looking ahead not behind and what an opportunity we have here to gain League One promotion so let’s give it a right go.

“I’m sure we can do that, there are key players coming to form just at the right time for us, and I know it’ll be tough and no one ever said it would be easy but we are looking forward to the next three weeks.”

Saturday’s game has all the ingredients for a classic as title chasing Stanley head to the promotion chasing Chairboys amid what hopes to be an electric atmosphere at Adams Park.

The East Lancashire side booked their place in League One next season after a midweek win at home to Yeovil and have no plans to take their foot off the gas as they eye the League Two title.

The Blues boss was full of praise for the job that John Coleman has done at the Wham Stadium and hopes his team can join them in three weeks’ time.

“The job that John Coleman has done at Accrington has been phenomenal, and not just this season but over the last four years as they have been knocking at the door and they’ve finally done it.

“They have kept a settled team, they have managed to stay relatively injury free which would have been a big help I’m sure and I am really hoping we can join them in League One.”

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