Gareth Ainsworth says Saturday’s clash with high-flying Peterborough is the start of a testing month of fixtures against some of the strongest sides in League 1 – but it’s a challenge he and his side will look forward to.
The Posh come to Adams Park with a formidable away record of seven wins and a draw from eight matches so far, boasting the highest goalscoring tally in the third tier and looking to build on successive victories over Fleetwood and Burton.
But in Wycombe they meet a side who’ve won three in a row on home turf, and are looking to put behind them a disappointing setback at Walsall last week ahead of meetings with Oxford and Luton in the cup, and the trip to Sunderland after that.
“After every defeat you need to pick yourselves up but the bigger picture was two wins from three in a week which was fantastic for us,” he said. “We were disappointed at Walsall and, having looked back at the DVD, we were a bit tired and leggy and perhaps needed to pull some players out of the side and rest them, but things had been going well with two wins in a row and we didn’t want to change the team.
“This will be a real test in front of us now – we’re ready to take on some big sides in games which will be mouthwatering for the fans and a challenge for us, which we’ll take head on."
Ainsworth will be reunited with a former Preston team-mate in Posh assistant manager Paul Raynor and he also holds a great deal of respect for the achievements of Peterborough boss Steve Evans, who recruited heavily in the summer to build a squad capable of challenging at the top.
“Peterborough have got some very good players – I’ve looked at the squad they put out in midweek in a friendly against Oxford and even that was extremely strong,” he said. “They’ve got Matt Godden who was one of the best strikers in League 2, and they’ve been flying up front.
“Steve takes jobs where he knows he’ll be able to get the best out of players and fight for promotion, and we know this will be a seriously tough test for us.
“But hopefully our fans will get down here – it’s the highest-placed team we’ll have faced at home this season and we’re hoping to upset one of the big boys, just like we’ve done many times before.”