Jason McCarthy says the Chairboys will carry belief from their 1-0 victory over Preston North End into Wednesday’s encounter with one of his former clubs – high-flying Barnsley – at Adams Park on Wednesday evening.
The defender played his part in an impressive team display on Saturday and says that result owed much to a pre-match team-talk from manager Gareth Ainsworth, whose optimism about the challenge ahead has resonated through the squad, says McCarthy.
“It feels great to get the win,” he said. “We had a really good heart-to-heart before the game, led by the gaffer, and it hit the right notes. We came out feeling so motivated to get the win for each other and for ourselves, and it had the desired effect on everyone.
“You could see that in the performance. That’s the culture that we have here, and it’s been the same for years. The gaffer and the staff do a great job of bringing in the right characters and whether we win or lose, the culture stays the same.
“This has been one of the toughest seasons I’ve had because of the results, and it will always test your character when things aren’t going well, but we’ve learned loads individually and as a team and that will stand us in good stead going forward.”
Next up then are the Tykes, with whom Jason spent a season after leaving Southampton in 2017, only to return to Adams Park for the 2018/19 campaign with 21 Championship appearances for the Yorkshire club under his belt.
“Not many of the lads are still there that I played with,” he said. “They’re having a great season. We’ve actually watched quite a few clips of them over the past couple of weeks and picked up a few things. Everyone might be a bit surprised at how well they’re doing but they’ve got a young, talented squad and the manager has had a real impact.
“But for us it’s about building on what we’ve done today and growing some momentum. We want to take that into the run-in and see where it takes us.”