Gareth Ainsworth says he’s proud to see such strength in depth in his Wanderers squad as he prepares to select the XI that are tasked with thwarting the division’s top goalscorers when Peterborough United come to town.
The Posh have scored 23 league goals already this season, with Ivan Toney, Mo Eisa and Marcus Maddison responsible for netting all but one of them, and the Blues boss says he and his staff have worked hard to devise a plan which is most capable of delivering the right result.
“Peterborough could well have held their own in the Championship in the past few years; they’re a bigger club than most in this league, with a good history, good chairman and a very talented manager in Darren Ferguson.
“Darren’s a good friend of mine; he’s been there on a couple of occasions when I’ve asked for advice and he’s got real experience to call upon. He’s always been great with me and I’m looking forward to seeing him again, pitting our wits against each other, and having a drink in my office afterwards.
“We expect them to be very strong going forward, and we know it’ll be a tough test for our backline. It’s not just one player we have to look at stopping, it’s the whole team, because they’ve got a lot of weapons they can call upon.
“It’ll be an interesting game; we’ve looked at them and what we need to do to stop them, but also what we can do to impose ourselves on them. We’ve been on this great run at home and scored a lot of goals ourselves, so we want that to continue and I believe in this group of players.
“It’s the best squad I’ve ever had, and I love being able to say that. We have strength in depth and there’s nobody in the squad that I wouldn’t trust to do a job if I put them out there on the pitch. The boys understand that rotation is important and we haven’t got a best XI – it’s about picking the right team for the battle ahead.”
Ainsworth also says he can feel the growing excitement around Adams Park, with the team’s form and potential investment from Rob Couhig on the horizon.
“It’s only a quarter of the way through the season; I think if it was three quarters of the way then I’d allow people around the place to start getting excited about the league table. But we’re keeping our feet on the ground and there’s plenty of work to do day in, day out to keep this going.
“Of course it’s great to see where we are in the table, but let’s look at it after Christmas and see where we are. The support has been great and the excitement around the place is simmering away nicely because of what’s going on, both on and off the pitch. My immediate focus is on Saturday and getting the boys ready to show what we can do and hopefully have another reason to celebrate come 5pm on Saturday.”