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Gareth: We can't take our foot off the gas

Blues boss previews AFC Wimbledon.

20 December 2018

Gareth Ainsworth has called on his players to maintain their current level of performance throughout the festive football calendar, as they prepare to take on AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park this weekend.

The Chairboys welcome the Dons as they look to make it seven home league wins on the bounce and stretch their unbeaten run in England’s third tier to seven also.

Under new manager Wally Downes, Ainsworth is expecting a difficult game against a side looking to kick-start their new regime and stresses his team need to be at their maximum to pick up the result they want.

Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, the manager said: “Our performance levels have been brilliant and that is what I am all about.

“I’ve said to the boys that if they can give me that week in, week out then we will win more games than we lose and that is a great recipe to finish in a healthy position in the league.

“The run we’ve been on lately has been great but you are only as good as your last game and our next game is Wimbledon on Saturday, so we’ve got to make sure we keep those levels high and I’ll be doing everything I can between now and then to ensure we are right on it.”

Wanderers could be boosted by the return of former Wimbledon man, Adebayo Akinfenwa this weekend after the striker nears a second a week of full training after recovering from a foot injury.

With Matt Bloomfield and Darius Charles not too far behind the Beast, the gaffer is delighted to have strength in depth going into the hectic schedule with lots of priceless points on offer, starting this weekend.

“With players back in training and getting up to speed I am now looking forward to having a great squad to choose from against a Wimbledon side that are going to be very tough to beat,” he added.

“Wally Downes has now come in and we can see from the video that he has tried to make them more solid at the back and going forward they have got good players who will cause damage if you let them so we really have to be on it this weekend.

 “Wimbledon are fighting for points and we want maintain the cushion we have for as long as we can, get these points on the board as quick as we can and maintain our League One status once again.

“The festive period is a really important time as it brings up a lot of games for us to possibly come out in January with a hatful of points or nothing and we want the former as it could make a huge impact on our season.”

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