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Gareth: Stylish win gives us belief

Blues boss says his side can continue to edge closer to safety.

16 March 2021

Gareth Ainsworth believes his ever-evolving squad can continue to close the gap on the sides above the relegation zone as they prepare for the fixture with in-form Barnsley at Adams Park on Wednesday night.

The Chairboys outclassed mid-table Preston in Saturday's 1-0 win at Adams Park and the Blues boss said he was proud of the way his side executed the gameplan to perfection.

"The style was really good," he said afterwards. "People will see that we scored from a corner and probably assume that we played a certain way, but we’re playing some fabulous stuff at the moment.

"If we play like that, there’s no reason why we can’t go on a fantastic run. We’re looking forward to Wednesday now and can’t wait to get stuck into Barnsley.

"I was really impressed with how we kept a high line, forced Preston into long balls, and then when we had the ball we showed quality. We have players that are cultured footballers and we had a calmness in possession and a pressing method out of possession.

"That first half performance was one of our best for a long time."

The result ended a run of four straight defeats and re-instills belief that the great escape from relegation could still be achieved with 10 games to go.

"If we can build on that then I'll keep believing we can stay in the league," Ainsworth added. "We’ve been below the line all season so it doesn’t scare us; we’re going to get closer and closer to it and frighten teams who are looking at the line and getting worried.

"I've got a team of scrappers in there and I’ll be proud of them whatever happens. People thought we’d get the lowest points total ever in the Championship and we've proved them wrong. Let people keep writing us off and let's see what happens."

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