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Gareth: Don't let our home form slip

Blues boss previews his 400th match in charge.

7 February 2020

The Chairboys return to Adams Park on Saturday looking to bounce back from the defeat on the road at MK Dons last weekend. We caught up with manager Gareth Ainsworth at the training ground to gather his thoughts.

Despite expressing slight concern over testing the MK keeper last weekend, Ainsworth says his squad are in good shape to put things right against Bristol Rovers:

“We have no real worries from Saturday; maybe a little concern about not hitting the target or going forward as well as we did against Blackpool in the game before that. Maybe some tiredness crept in, but that’s not an excuse. We can’t rotate too much with the squad we’ve got, but we’ll be picking the boys up for Saturday.

“It was disappointing to concede in the manner that we did for the first goal, and that changed the game. The biggest positive for me was the fans, who turned up in great numbers, and I thank them for getting behind us like they did. Now please get to Adams Park on Saturday against Bristol Rovers and let’s keep this home run going.

“We’ve still got a real chance of achieving something this season. We want to make sure we give it a right go, and not just settle for staying in the division.”

The manager also added that he looks forward to welcoming Adebayo Akinfenwa back into the fold after his absence at the weekend, while there’s good news on the horizon for Fred Onyedinma.

“Bayo’s back – he’s been with the boys all week and his personality and presence on the pitch will be huge for us between now and the end of the season. Also Fred is getting closer and closer and might well be involved in a matchday squad very soon. It’s been a really frustrating injury for him; the same one that Scott Kashket had for over a year, and that I had in my playing days, but he’s worked extremely hard with Cian (O’Doherty) and there’s light at the end of the tunnel for him.”

Looking ahead to the test against the Gas, Ainsworth said: “They’re a big club. Ben Garner is back in the dugout for them after some time away for family reasons, and I’m sure he’d love to get his first win against us. It’ll be a real tough game, but our home form has been superb this year and I don’t want to let it slip.”

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