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Gareth: Please play your part again

An appeal to the town.

2 May 2019

Gareth Ainsworth has appealed to any supporter who’s attended a Chairboys fixture in the past five years to get down to Adams Park and help complete the survival mission to kickstart the celebrations at the final whistle against Fleetwood Town (k.o. 5.30pm).

Wanderers need just a point to guarantee their place in League 1 next season – though in reality even a defeat would require a surreal set of results elsewhere to push them below the dotted line – but Ainsworth wants a victory to finish the campaign in style, and complete a five-year plan which was devised after the close brush with relegation from the Football League in 2014.

“We want to survive on our own terms by winning the game and really giving the players and fans something to celebrate at the final whistle,” he said. “It’s been a tough season, and tiring at times, but we’ve gone through some real ups and downs and come through them to the point where we’re so close to completing the five-year plan.

“One more big push from everyone, and we’ll have done it. I’d love everyone who’s come to one game during that time to come down and be part of it with us. Every single fan has played their part in getting behind us, pushing us on to score one more goal, pick up one more point, and it’s all culminated in the position where we are now.

“The five-year plan was set up to improve the club after we’d nearly fallen out of the league. We gave ourselves something to strive for, and I’m sure there are some people who didn’t believe we could achieve it, but many people did. It’s been an amazing effort from a fantastic group of people around the club, from players to staff to fans, and I will be so proud to achieve it. Let’s get it finished, and then we can talk about a new plan.

“This would be the biggest achievement in my time here. Torquay was a success against the odds, and then the Wembley year was an awesome season which I needed to stand myself in good stead with the fans and get them believing that we could push on and develop the club together. Winning promotion last year was incredible, and those celebrations were so special. But to stay in League 1 as a Trust-owned club, scrapping for everything we can possibly get by having the right attitude in everything we do, would top the lot.”

The Blues have prepared as normal for the final day meeting with Fleetwood, and Ainsworth says each squad member is eager to be involved on the pitch:

“It’s been business as usual for us, with no extra days off. It’s game 46 out of 46 and it’s an important one. We want a good performance and a win, so I won’t let anyone get comfy or believe that we’ve achieved anything just yet.

“There are one or two injury doubts because it was a tough, physical game at Wimbledon last week, but we’ve got lads who’ve been playing through the pain barrier and giving everything they’ve got to help us. They want to play on Saturday and fight for the result we need to enable us to celebrate at the final whistle.

“That makes me a happy man and a proud man. I want the boys to go out there, give their all, and they will be the ones who achieve our target, with the help of the fans who I know will be right there with us, giving us one more big push. Let’s get this place rocking.”

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