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Gareth: We need to be ready to go on Saturday

Blues boss previews Saturday's game at Bristol Rovers.

18 January 2019

Gareth Ainsworth warns that his players are in for a tough task at an in-form Bristol Rovers this weekend, but believes his team have what it takes to come away with a positive result.

For the second week running, the Chairboys come up against a side that have yet to taste defeat in 2019, with Rovers losing just once in new manager, Graham Coughlan’s time in the hot seat.

After taking up the reins at the Memorial Stadium on an initial temporary basis following the departure of Darrell Clarke, a positive change in results prompted the Pirates’ hierarchy to appoint their former assistant on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Ainsworth, looking to build on a stunning late win over high-flying Doncaster Rovers last weekend, says his players will need to be on top of their game from the first minute until the last to come away with something.

Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, the manager said:  “We’re coming up against a Bristol Rovers side who are a well organised team in good form.

“Graham (Coughlan) is a great guy who has done a lot of coaching and has earned his stripes from that side and has had some really good results lately.

“Every team we face in League One is a huge, tough opponent and we’ve got that again on Saturday. It’s going to be tough away from home and there is a bit of history between the two clubs which spices things up, but it is a game we believe we can compete in and get points from.

“As they are a team below us in the table we want to make sure we stay as far away from them as possible, but we know it is not going to be easy this one, he (Coughlan) has got a really good way of playing.

“Alex Jakubiak, who we had on loan here, has been playing up front for them and has obviously found his feet, and they’ve got quality in the likes of (Liam) Sercombe and experience at the back with (Tony) Craig and (Tom) Lockyer so we’ve got to be well prepared, which we will be.

“We need to make sure we are ready to go on Saturday and give it our all, and I’m sure that there will be plenty of Wycombe fans making the journey that will get right behind us.”

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