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Gareth looking forward to Exeter test

Blues boss previews trip to St James Park.

8 February 2018

Gareth Ainsworth says his team are looking forward to pitting their wits against fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City at St James Park.

The Chairboys travel to Devon having won their last five consecutive league games and boast a 100% domestic record in 2018, but the race for a top seven finish remains tight as ever with just five points separating Wanderers in second and Coventry City in eighth.

The Grecians go into the game four points and four places behind Wycombe and will be looking for a win themselves to close the gap on the top three. St James Park has also been somewhat of a fortress for City having not lost at home since late October.

So with all the makings for yet another classic, Ainsworth is pleased to be taking a fully fit 18 to battle it out for the points against Paul Tisdale’s men.

“We’re pleased to take a real good squad down to Exeter,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed Luke’s red card was not rescinded, but Tafari being back is big for us as it allows Dominic Gape to be an option in midfield having been fantastic in there at Luton.

“We’re looking forward to a tough test and a good trip away together before another tough game against Swindon on Tuesday.

“We are facing two teams who are in and around the play-offs who we don’t want to concede any points to and these games could prove very important come the end of the season.”

Gareth prepares to come up against Exeter boss, Paul Tisdale for the 12th time in his managerial career as two of the longest serving managers in the EFL go to head-to-head.

The Wycombe manager was quick to praise the work Tisdale has done so far in his time with the Grecians and says he is looking forward to tackling the challenge his team will pose.

“Paul Tisdale is someone I have huge respect for.

“He is tactically very good and has been in charge for over 11 years now and you don’t do that if you are not a good manager.

“So there is big respect and I am very wary of what his team can do, especially at home, and having lost there last season we want to put that right and come away with something.

“They are in and around the play-offs and they will be going for it just as much as we are and these could be important points at stake come the end of the year.”

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