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Gareth: Keep the standards high

Boss wants a repeat of the performance, with a different outcome, when the Blues head to Millwall on Saturday.

19 February 2021

Gareth Ainsworth wants his side to deliver a performance to the same standard as their excellent showing in midweek against Derby County, and believes this time the Chairboys can achieve the outcome they deserve when they visit Millwall on Saturday.

The Blues fell to a last-gasp defeat - a result described by the opposing manager as a "miracle" - despite a dominant performance against the Rams, and now look to use their disappointment as a motivator to put things right when they visit the capital at the weekend.

“I’ve told the boys that I will take that performance all day long,” he said. “If we play like that again on Saturday, there’s every chance we’ll win the game because we created a lot of good chances, we restricted Derby for large parts, and there were just a couple of things that went against us which cost us.

“The boys have responded really well to the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday when we just weren’t at the races, and the last two performances have reached the standard that we need to stay in the division. Now it’s about maintaining that standard, turning performances into results and getting on a good run which we know we’re capable of."

Wanderers' first Championship goal came against the Lions in a narrow 2-1 loss at Adams Park in October and Ainsworth hopes fine margins will swing in Wycombe's favour this time around.

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“Millwall will be a tough test and they’ve picked up a few wins lately, which is no surprise because Gary Rowett’s a great guy and a terrific manager, and he’s got them going really well at the moment.

“But we ran them close at home near the start of the season and were perhaps unfortunate not to pick up a point. We can’t go on about hard luck stories and hopefully come 5pm on Saturday we’ll be talking about a win that we deserved because we played well enough at both ends of the pitch and did enough to pick up all three points.

“The squad’s in a good, strong place. Apart from one or two little knocks we’ve got everyone fit and raring to go. The boys are giving everything, even though the games are coming thick and fast, and we all fully believe we have what it takes to stay in the division.”

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