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Gareth: Break can set us up for a strong December

Boss says the Chairboys are working on a plan to maintain strong form over Christmas.

2 December 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says the Chairboys will use their free weekend from the action to work on a plan to tackle December head on in a bid to continue their recent strong form.

Wanderers are without a game after exiting the FA Cup at the first stage and are instead turning their focus to the league meeting with Burton Albion at Adams Park on Tuesday - the first of five games in December.

"We've given the boys a couple of days off this week," he said at Thursday's press session. "It's been a welcome time to get a few little injuries looked at. It's nice to have a weekend off, but don't get me wrong, we wanted to be playing at Lincoln in the FA Cup and it's disappointing to not still be in the competition.

"We always take the positives and now we'll use these days to get the boys in good shape for the Christmas period. We need to get ourselves into peak form and use the time wisely to get plenty of tactics and messages into the boys.

"We've been victims of the Christmas period too much in my tenure, and maybe that's not been helped by a few injuries and suspensions. We're going to try something new this Christmas and hopefully that will keep our form going strongly to help us stay around the top end of the division."

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The Blues put back-to-back league defeats against Ipswich and Portsmouth behind them to record victories against Bolton and Plymouth, before taking a point from Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

"We picked up seven points from the last three games which was a very good return considering there was some panic going round in some parts after a couple of defeats, but not in this building, trust me.

"We're at the top end of League 1 which people said wouldn't have been possible two or three years ago. I never panic, I never lose my calm, and we all need to accept we'll have a couple of defeats along the way.

"I look at performances and actually we did okay against Ipswich and Portsmouth. I thought the Sheffield Wednesday game was less of a performance from us and we got a point from it."

And so on to Burton, who visit Adams Park on Tuesday in the first of two home games, with AFC Wimbledon next up four days later.

"Everything now is about getting in the right condition for Burton on Tuesday, and hopefully the fans can rest their voices and get ready to get right behind us again.

"The community spirit when we turned the Christmas lights on in town was really special, and it is a great town with wonderful people. We want them to be proud of their team, to come to games and get behind us, and be part of the journey that we're on."

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