Gareth Ainsworth’s men return to Adams Park on Saturday looking to build on the victory against Bolton Wanderers on the road last weekend, when Tranmere Rovers come to visit.
With the club opening a section of the Lords Stand to home supporters for this game, Gareth expressed how key the fans' support continues to be:
“There are great acoustics in that end; it’s so big and so open that the sound reflects off that roof, and if we can get people singing in that end it really will make the place rocking. I want to help the club get more people in this ground, especially with how close we are to achieving something, and the fans can really make a difference. Any player that says they can’t hear the fans is lying. Hopefully we can get all four sides rocking on Saturday.”
Delighted that Fred Onyedinma returned to the starting line-up after recovering from injury, Gareth told us how valuable it is to have him back, and how he looks forward to welcoming Jack Grimmer back into the fold after a similar setback.
“Fred is a super player and to have him back at this timing in the season I think is crucial. Fred being back on Saturday was a big plus for Wycombe Wanderers and it lifted everyone; the fans, the team, and I am not going to lie, it lifted me as well! Jack is in his final stages of rehab and to see him back out on the training pitch is great. But having said that, Fred did a good four weeks at that, so we are going to make sure Jack is right and we won’t rush him back. We are poised very nicely for the next two games that are just before the break we have, and then 10 real cup finals to see the season out and see what we can achieve.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s performance at Bolton, and looking ahead to possible revenge over Tranmere after the FA Cup meeting in November, Gareth said:
“It was a great result for us, and I am asking for a similar performance this Saturday now. It will be a tough one, but we have that away win we needed now so I am really pleased. It is always disappointing to go out of the cup, but I don’t know if the boys need to use that as motivation at this time in the season, given where we are in the league. I think they just want to look at that and try and grasp hold of something this season.”