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Gareth: We must be back to our best

Manager looks ahead to Saturday's visit of Rochdale.

17 January 2020

Gareth Ainsworth spoke to the press on Thursday morning as Wanderers look to return to winning ways at Adams Park.

Reflecting on the disappointing performance against Sunderland AFC:
“It wasn’t a great day for us. It was one of the collapses that we haven’t seen in quite a while at this place and I have to say that we were playing players out of position there, which was my choice, and it rests solely with me and I didn’t expect to see what I saw.

I think there were two things. I think Sunderland have been on great form lately; they have made some big changes up there personnel-wise and fair play to Phil. But it is Sunderland and they are one of the biggest clubs outside of the Premier League, they have the biggest stadium and it’s a tough place to go.

They were right on their A-game and we were on our Z-game so we must learn from that and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

We have gone through the performance in great detail but you don’t want to dwell on it, these things hang over you but it’s now all about what we can do to make things better, raise our standards with the little details that we pride ourselves on.”

Preparation for the visit of Rochdale:
“Today is going to be about what we can do on Saturday against Rochdale and that’s the way I have always worked. We have been stretched these last few weeks and these games over Christmas and coming into the New Year, but having this week to prepare for Rochdale has been good fun and I am hoping to do some business in the transfer window.

I have got the backing of the Couhigs behind us, but they are not going to plough tons of money in straight away.

It would be huge for us to get back to winning ways, especially at home where we have been so strong this season, and we are looking forward to 3pm on Saturday now.”

Looking at Rochdale’s recent form:
“They play a good style of football, they really want to keep the ball and we have got to make sure we are back to our home form best.

Gareth on our “Banish the Blues” campaign on Saturday:
“I don’t know what I am going to wear! I am always in blue. It’s going to be opening the wardrobe and picking a shirt out that’s not blue so we will see, I am going to try and embrace it as well.

It’s a huge thing at the moment (mental health) and it’s a magnificent cause that we try and address this problem in society and if us wearing a different colour on Saturday helps in any way then I am certainly up for that.”

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