Gareth Ainsworth says he’s pleased with his side’s pre-season progress after they followed an impressive display against West Ham on Saturday with another admirable performance in Tuesday’s narrow loss to Brentford.
Experimental formations and trialists have seen Wanderers stray from their tried-and-tested formula while fitness and match sharpness took priority during the opening friendlies, but the Blues boss says he’s now shifting his focus towards tactical preparations and greater attacking prowess in the forthcoming three games away to non-league opposition.
“I’m pleased (with the friendly against Brentford,” he said. “They moved it really well and they’re a good side, but especially in the first half it was quite even and I thought there were two good teams going at it.
“I look at it as having had two good workouts and now we’re going into these next three games which will be a little different and we’re looking to add some goals to our game. This is where we’ll start putting tactics into place, which has been harder to do in these first two matches, but we’re getting ready for the new season and workouts like this one will help us in terms of fitness,” he added.
August 4th is the date of the Chairboys’ first Sky Bet League 1 season and Ainsworth says although it’s an exciting occasion to look forward to, he’s looking at the bigger picture of the club’s first season back in the third tier after a six-year absence.
“It’s not all about that first game, believe me – it’s a long season and everyone will play their part. It’s about more than just the starting eleven; I have to make sure we’re ready as a squad to do what no Wycombe side has done for a long time, and that’s retain League 1 status,” he said.
Wanderers’ next friendly takes them to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday (k.o. 3pm) ahead with clashes at Chesham United on Tuesday 24th July (k.o. 7.30pm) and Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July (k.o. 7.45pm).