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Gareth: Norwich one of the best, but we’re confident

Boss excited for the challenge against the league leaders.

26 February 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side proved on Tuesday night they can compete with any side in the Championship, but knows Norwich City may pose an even tougher challenge than Reading did in the Chairboys’ 1-0 victory at Adams Park.

The Canaries are in town on Sunday, under the gaze of the Sky Sports cameras, and Ainsworth acknowledges that the league leaders are deservedly out in front ahead of the chasing pack:

“I’m glad we’ve got some credit for Tuesday’s win because I’ve heard a lot about how bad Reading supposedly were, but not much about how good we were,” he said. “We’re happy to stay under the radar though. We made Reading play that way. We had a plan in place and carried it out superbly.

“We’re buoyed going into this one now,” he added. “The league is as close as it has been for a while. There are four or five teams that are a notch above, and we’ve definitely got one of those teams coming to us on Sunday.

“But we’re still confident we can win any game when we’re playing like we are. We’re close to having a fully fit squad and there’s real competition for places. It’s a nice place to be.”

Sunday’s game sees Anis Mehmeti come up against his former club, with the 20-year-old blossoming in the side in recent weeks, starting each of the past five matches.

“Anis is really coming on,” Ainsworth said. “He’s not the finished article, but he will get chances here and really learn his trade.

“He’s made some real vital contributions already, and he knows what it takes to be a professional. You can see his efforts and he is going to be one heck of a player, trust me. I’m really proud of how he’s progressed.”

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