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Gareth: Nobody will ever change our fighting spirit

Boss says squad's character will continue to give them a chance of defying the odds.

9 March 2021

Gareth Ainsworth was full of admiration for his players' efforts beyond the final whistle of Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Stoke and says that character won't change, no matter the size of the challenge facing them.

The loss in the Potteries was Wycombe's third in a row and they now need points fast if they are to mount a survival mission in the Championship, but the Blues boss says the squad still retain the hope, togetherness and determination that has carried the club from the brink of non-league football seven years ago to the second tier today.

"We're still learning, and enjoying the challenge," he said afterwards. "The body language from the boys was great, fighting for everything, giving their all, and nobody will ever change that about my team.

"This season is a success story for us, whatever happens. And I will never tell you that we can't stay up, until it's mathematically impossible to do so. There are a lot of people around this club who have lived and dreamed this story over the past few years and they know not to write us off.

"I'm an emotional guy, and I'm fearless. We might be coming up short at this level but I expect us to fight for every point and see where we finish.

"People will talk about budgets and resources and I know I've spoken about it a lot because of the massive gulf between clubs at this level, but there was a big gulf between us and some of the clubs in League 2 and we still achieved success.

"So I don't want to talk about it. I want to talk about the likes of Anis Mehmeti who was excellent for us, and Admiral Muskwe, who has been so patient for his chance and was outstanding. These boys keep learning and improving all the time and I'm so proud to see it.

"We can't wait to get stuck into QPR on Tuesday night and try to put things right. I was so grateful for my career there and to play so many games for such a wonderful club. But I just want points on the board, no matter who they come against, and let's hope we can do that on Tuesday."

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