Gareth Ainsworth says his players are raring to go this weekend as they prepare to take on Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park after what will be an 11-day break without a game.
After last weekend’s fixture at Blackpool was postponed due to the Tangerines being in FA Cup action, the manager says Chairboys have been working hard on the training ground to get back to winning ways after a run of four defeats over the festive football calendar.
With an in-form Donny in town, Ainsworth hopes that the interval from game time will have proved just the tonic they needed, and could see it work in Wanderers’ favour on Saturday.
Speaking to the press on Thursday morning, the boss said: “I think the weekend without a game came at a good time as I think we needed it, but rest assured we have been working hard in training to try and work our way out of this.
“It also gave extra minutes on the training pitch for the likes of Alex (Samuel), Bayo (Akinfenwa), Beany (Bean) and Blooms (Bloomfield), and we’ve now only really got Darius (Charles) who is struggling to be fit for Saturday and Yves (Ma-Kalambay) with his finger.
“The rest of the boys are fit and ready to go, and that weekend break might just have helped us refresh the legs and minds and we’ve now got a tasty game in prospect against Doncaster who are one of the form teams in the league.
“So this will be a test, especially on the back of the results we’ve had, but performance is what I’m all about and we’ll be looking this weekend to produce a good performance and hopefully turn that into a good result.”
Wycombe have fared well against the league’s top-six so far this season, which included draws at both Portsmouth and Sunderland and home victories over Peterborough United and Barnsley.
Ainsworth says he knows his side will have to be at their best to get something out of this one, with a lot of hours of preparation gone into the fixture against a Donny side who have won their last three in all competitions, and who defeated the Chairboys 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in August.
“We’ve performed really well against some of the league’s top six so far, both home and away, but this will be a tough test,” he added.
“They’ve got the top scorer in the league in John Marquis and have quality all over the pitch. We know what we’re up against and we’ve been working really hard on the training ground on what we want to do against them, what their threats are and what we can do to exploit them.
“We’re not in this game to have it easy, we want challenges and this is a big challenge for us, and all I can think of is what a fantastic result it would be if we could get the points on Saturday and that is the attitude we are going into the game with.”