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Gareth: We must continue to build

Manager previews Gillingham

13 December 2018

Gareth Ainsworth is looking to his side to produce another thorough display this weekend as the Chairboys attempt to stretch their unbeaten league run to six games.

Wanderers travel to the Medway Priestfield Stadium looking for a fourth consecutive victory against a Gillingham side that are looking to achieve the same feat.

So with the fixture finely poised, the manager knows a similar level of performance shown in recent weeks will be required once more to keep the run going.

Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, Ainsworth said: “Sometimes a moment of individual brilliance can win you a game of football, but I thought the win over Barnsley was earned from a whole team performance.

“We are really proud to see it click like it did and the boys are really together, and we need to keep that going now because we’ve got some tough games coming up.

“We will not be resting on any laurels from beating Barnsley at home and it is my job to ensure we continue to build on these good performances with more positive results.”

The Chairboys have also been boosted by the return of club captain Matt Bloomfield and joint-top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa to training ahead of the hectic festive schedule.

Ainsworth spoke of his delight in the return of two of his generals and says they are champing at the bit to get back on the pitch.

“Blooms and Bayo are now back in training which is a great boost for us going into the Christmas period,” he added.

“They both are getting up to speed now and are desperate to get back out there and get involved with what is going on here at the moment.

“They are two big players for us and it’s important as we approach the halfway point of the season that we have a fully fit squad to choose from.

“It’s a great selection problem to have. Each game requires players of different attributes, different systems sometimes and with different strengths and weaknesses in the opposition it will merit different players playing in the team.

“I won’t be afraid to change whoever I need to change and more so that player will understand and they know it is for the team because it is a team sport.

“It’s going back to what I was saying earlier about how good a team performance last Saturday was, that’s the word, we need to keep that going and hopefully we can keep this run well and truly alive at Gillingham on Saturday.”

Click here for all the ticket information for Saturday game at Gillingham (15/12).


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