Gareth Ainsworth warns that his Wycombe players can’t afford to take their foot off the gas as they prepare to travel to Walsall this weekend.
The Chairboys take on the Saddlers at The Banks’s Stadium on the back of two wins in four days over Scunthorpe and Rochdale at Adams Park; stretching the margin between Wanderers and the relegation zone to seven points.
Now back on the road and coming up against a Walsall team who up until last weekend boasted a record of just two defeats in their opening 12 league one fixtures under the management of former Wanderers midfielder Dean Keates.
After back-to-back defeats at the hands of Luton and Southend in their last two games, Ainsworth is wary of a Saddlers’ reaction on home turf, and insists his players must be at their best to continue their own recent run of form.
“Walsall are a very good side and we are expecting a tough game,” the manager said speaking to the press on Thursday morning.
“People from the outside will always judge you on the last game that you played, and come Saturday at 5pm that will be what will be remembered for, not Scunthorpe or Rochdale.
“People may look and see that we have won our last two and Walsall have lost their last two, but both sides will be seeing this one as a winnable game.
“Walsall are a side that have been competing in the top half of the table for all of the season so far. Dean Keates has done a great job, he has made some great signings and they play some really good football and we know we will have to be at our best.
“We won’t be resting on our laurels, believe me. We’re currently 14th and I keep saying to the players if we want to move further and further away from the relegation zone we need to keep producing the levels of performance required to put points on the board.
“Survival first and foremost is our target this season, everyone knows that I am happy with that, and I believe if we keep playing the way we are that we will achieve that.”