Gareth Ainsworth is excited to put the two-and-a-half week break behind him and his squad as they prepare to take on Burton Albion at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).
The Chairboys boss earned a Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month nomination after collecting 10 points from four games in November, but they’ve been without a game since the 0-0 draw at Ipswich on November 26th, enabling them to benefit from well-earned rest and recovery, and an extended period to prepare for the visit of the Brewers.
He said: “The break has come at a good time, although we would love to have still been involved in the FA Cup, but we’ve had a great week in training and we’re looking forward to getting back out there on Saturday and trying to keep this run going that we’ve been on.
“The boys are all looking sharp, fit and focused, and we have a plan for how we want to play on Saturday. I have a huge amount of respect for Nigel Clough and Burton Albion, and for all they’ve achieved in the past 10 years or so. They were excellent against us last time we met them last Boxing Day, and they’ve got some real talent collectively and individually as we’ve seen from the recent matches we’ve seen them play.
“But as always, it’s about what we do and how we can affect the game. We’re ready to go out there and give everything we’ve got because we want to keep rewarding our home fans with good performances and positive results.
“You can feel the atmosphere and the excitement building at every game. The fans have been absolutely superb, getting right behind us, lifting the boys when we’re maybe struggling a little, staying positive, and spurring us on at the end of games when we’re in front and putting our bodies on the line to make sure we see the game out.
“That support is so special, and so humbling to have, and they have played such a big part in getting us to where we are now. However, there’s still five months to go in the season and we can’t lose any focus at all on the next match, the next tackle, the next pass, to make sure we carry on picking up results.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the Adams Park home dugout on Saturday and I hope to see as many fans down there as possible. I know it’s a busy and expensive time, I know there’s Christmas shopping to be done, but hopefully that can wait and we can get a big crowd to help keep driving this club forward and building on what we’ve achieved over the past few years.”