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Gareth: Pick up where we left off

Blues boss eyes continued momentum despite 11-day break.

7 December 2018

Gareth Ainsworth hopes his side can carry on their excellent form when they meet Barnsley at Adams Park tomorrow, despite having had to wait a week-and-a-half to get back into action after the win at Accrington.

Alex Samuel’s last-gasp winner in the north-west catapulted the Chairboys into 10th place in the League 1 table – a position they were able to revel in over a free weekend whilst other sides – the Tykes included – were in FA Cup action.

Barnsley also had a midweek Checkatrade Trophy tie to contend with but Ainsworth feels it’s hard to tell whether or not his team's break will offer any kind of advantage:

“We only had a couple of days off over the weekend and although it was nice to recharge, we were keeping a close eye on Barnsley and we’ve had a good look at them,” he said. “They’ve had two games this week whereas we had none, but it could work either way. We know we just need to be super professional because this is one of the toughest games of the season.

“They’ve been scoring freely and they go forward really well with the likes of Kieffer Moore, Cauley Woodrow and Brad Potts who all looked destined for a higher level. It’ll be a real test for us, but we know we’re capable of beating anyone in the league and hope we can put in a good performance,” he added.

Another home success would break the club record for consecutive league victories at Adams Park, having matched the previous best sequence from 1997 when they overcame Shrewsbury a fortnight ago.

“A sixth home league win in a row would be special – the players may not know about the record but I certainly do. We want to emulate some past glories of the club and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

And he’ll be handing a debut to Stephen Henderson in goal – the 99th different player to represent the club during Ainsworth’s tenure as manager – after securing an emergency loan deal for the keeper on Tuesday.

“He’s our third keeper from a different Championship club and I hope we don’t have to keep doing this because there’s only 21 clubs left!” he joked. “He looks to be a fantastic acquisition for us; he’s played at a higher level, he’s a great guy with a good presence in the box, and he’s fitted in really well this week in training, so I’ve got every confidence that we’ve got another good one between the sticks.”

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