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Gareth: Sunday will be a special occasion

Boss looks ahead to Carabao Cup tie at Brentford's new stadium.

4 September 2020

Wanderers’ manager Gareth Ainsworth is “really looking forward” to playing Brentford this Sunday in the Carabao Cup first round, as the Chairboys become the first-ever side to play a competitive fixture at the new Brentford Community Stadium.

Gareth explained: “It’s an absolute privilege and I'm really looking forward to going there on Sunday. It would be even better if we could be the first team to beat them in their new stadium, although that’s probably asking for quite a bit as Thomas Frank is a great manager and they have a very strong side.

“We’re looking forward to going to all these (Championship) stadiums so that we can put our product on a show and hopefully upset some people.”

The game against The Bees is in the Carabao Cup and Ainsworth realises that “it’s a little bit different” to the upcoming league campaign:

“It’s not the league and some people might be looking more at next week (Rotherham) rather than this weekend, but it's a game we want to win.

Ainsworth added that: “One or two players might be a week behind, and we’ve had a couple off with knocks, while we also know that there are a few international call-ups for Brentford so it’s going to be a funny situation.”

The Chairboys’ manager is also excited for the following league game at Adams Park against Rotherham on Saturday 12th and is hoping that both games will show a fierce Wycombe side:

“Rotherham at home next week is a team we know, a team we played against recently. We will be scrapping, fighting and doing everything Wycombe do to get these results.”

Ainsworth is also realistic and well aware of the difficulties that lie ahead. With the short break between the final and the new league campaign, Ainsworth is conscious that it might take time to adjust:

“It’s going to take three or four weeks before we see the real fitness levels and standards. We’ve got to be learning really quick and adapting, which we’re very good at. It’s going to be a real learning curve.

“We’ve got to believe we can compete in this (Championship) and we’re going to go in there and make a real noise. We want to show people why we got promoted first of all.”

Gareth is optimistic about the situation, believing there is no better place to learn than at Wycombe:

“I’m really confident in the squad, confident in the staff and the club. I just hope the fans are allowed back in soon so they can come and experience what is our best season ever.

“It’s a brilliant atmosphere, great people work here and I’m very proud to be the manager and wake up every day very lucky, very happy and wanting to give my all and that will continue into the Championship.”

Wycombe’s game against Brentford on Sunday is live on Sky Sports, whilst the following week Wycombe play Rotherham at home on Saturday 12th September.

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