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Gareth: The boys will use the break wisely

Boss eyes continued momentum when Burton come to visit.

27 November 2019

Gareth Ainsworth says he has no fears about his side losing momentum during a two-and-a-half week break from action, having ended a busy period with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Portman Road last night.

Wanderers collected 10 points from four league games in a congested schedule which saw them play four cup matches amongst their league games, but now don’t take to the field again until December 14th when Burton Albion arrive at Adams Park.

The manager said: “The break is there now, and we’ll embrace it and use it the right way. There’ll be training for some, whilst some will get time off, but then we’ll all come together again to do things right and get ready to have a right go at Burton.

“It’s a chance to recharge the batteries and refresh the mind, but we can keep momentum by doing things right, which I know the boys will.”

Wycombe made it 11 games unbeaten with their 0-0 draw at Ipswich, maintaining a five-point gap at the top of the table, and Ainsworth says he was proud to see his men go toe-to-toe with the title favourites and come away with a result.

“We’re pleased with the point; it could have been three, but their keeper’s made a wonderful save at the end. For us, it’s five clean sheets in a row. It’s an amazing stadium to come to; some of my players have never played in an atmosphere like it, but now they have and they’ll be better off for it.

“For us to have this benchmark is great, knowing we can compete against a team like Ipswich, and we restricted them to not having a single shot on target. I’m really proud of the boys; they were throwing themselves at the ball in the 96th minute to make sure we got our point. Ipswich came at us, they had 20,000 people spurring them on, but we kept in the game and finished strong ourselves.

“I know our fans love to see goals, but they love a clean sheet as well and they’re really embracing what we’ve been doing. All I can do is go over to them at the end and applaud them for their support. They’ll be home later, and most have got work in the morning, but they can sense that something is building here and we’re getting some real direction and structure with the new ownership change that is coming in. For us right now to be top of League 1 is a wonderful thing.”

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