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Gareth: We have nothing to fear

Boss says his side can be confident heading into Reading and Norwich battles.

23 February 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side have every right to carry confidence into the forthcoming double-header of home games against promotion candidates, with Reading first up at Adams Park on Tuesday night (k.o. 7.45pm).

The Blues lost narrowly to the Royals and their next opponents Norwich City in the reverse fixtures back in October, but their performances on those occasions deserved reward and Ainsworth reckons those displays – coupled with recent efforts from his improving squad – mean the Chairboys have reason to believe they can upset the odds.

“These are two big, tough games we’ve got coming up, but there’s absolutely nothing to fear,” he said. “The two away games at Reading and Norwich were amongst our best performances of the season and looking back I still can’t believe we got nothing from them.

“We’ve come a long way since then, we’ve learned a lot about the division and we’re ready to go out there and chase down these wins that we need to stay in the Championship.”

The Blues put a disappointing defeat at Sheffield Wednesday behind them to secure a thrilling comeback victory at Huddersfield before outperforming Derby County at Adams Park, only to fall to a last-gasp defeat.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Millwall proved their mettle against a side now undefeated in eight games, and the Blues will hope to inflict a fourth defeat in five games against Reading, who haven’t lost on the road since before Christmas.

“Performances in our last three games have been good enough for me and if we can stay resilient at the back and take chances when they come our way, then we know we’re capable of stringing a run of wins together.

“Reading are having an excellent season and have done really well away from home this season, so we know what a tough game it will be.

“But it’s all about concentrating on our own game, playing to our strengths and doing everything we can to come out on top. We know the effort and the desire will be there because it always is from these boys. We just need that quality to win the game and keep closing the gap on the teams above us in the table.”

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