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Gareth: Plenty to play for

Boss eyes maximum points ahead of season finale.

30 April 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side would love to sign off at their final home game with a victory over promotion-chasing AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, irrespective of whether or not the unlikely bid for survival can be achieved.

The Chairboys sit six points adrift off safety and needing a large swing on goal difference to complete the great escape, but the Blues boss is looking at this game in isolation as one that he hopes to win and continue their impressive recent form.

“We want to finish with as many points on the board as possible, and we don’t want to finish bottom of the table, so we’re approaching the game the same as we always do, looking to take all three points," he said.

“Bournemouth are one of the strongest teams in the division; they spent a number of years in the top flight and it would be a massive result for us if we can sign off in our last home game with a victory and hopefully take things down to the final day.

“We’re realistic about the chances of staying up but that doesn’t change anything in terms of our preparations. We’ve had a good week in training, everyone is raring to go, and we want to finish on a high."

Wanderers fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture before Christmas, with Alex Pattison's red card being a turning point on a night where the Chairboys' performance warranted a draw at least.

“I thought we did really well down there in December and were unfortunate not to get anything. I think their goalkeeper was voted man of the match afterwards, which says a lot about the chances we created, even with ten men after the red card.

“I think we’re a better team now than we were at that stage of the season, and we believe we can be a match for anyone, so we’re confident and looking forward to the game."

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