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Gareth: We want to give the fans another special away day

Blues boss excited for Hillsborough test.

26 November 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side are relishing the opportunity to follow up Tuesday's fantastic win at Plymouth Argyle by taking on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

The Chairboys will be roared on by potentially more than 1,000 fans in Yorkshire as they look to end the month on a high, ahead of a 10-day break before the visit of Burton Albion to Adams Park.

Ainsworth said: "It’s a special stadium to play at and we know it’ll be another really tough test for us. (Wednesday manager) Darren Moore is a great guy and a fantastic manager who’s got them on a good fun after an up-and-down start.

"They’re hard to beat; they’ve only lost once at home all season, but Plymouth were unbeaten at home and we went and smashed that record, so we know what we’re capable of and we’re confident of getting a good result to bring home before the mini break we’ve got coming up."

It'll be the first time Wanderers fans have seen their side play at the famous stadium since 2012, but the Blues did visit last season for a behind-closed-doors game in the Championship, which went the way of the hosts.

"Last season’s game at Hillsborough was a tough one to take and nothing really went for us on the night. They were difficult weather conditions, we felt we should’ve had a penalty, but in the end we were well beaten and that result actually kicked us into life a bit because we went on a good run after that.

"Sheffield Wednesday ended up coming down with us but it’s no surprise to see them up there with us at the top end of League 1 because they’ve got a brilliant squad and great support behind them.

But we’ve got a brilliant squad of our own. We’re going to need them to be at their best again and Tuesday night took a lot out of the boys with the travelling and the effort we asked them to put in. They carried out the plan to perfection and it’s all about getting the right training plan in place to help them recover and get ready for Saturday."

And after more than 300 of the Wycombe faithful headed to the south-west on Tuesday, Ainsworth is appreciative of the effort made by so many to spur his side on:

"It’s great to hear we’ve sold so many tickets and away days like these are what it’s all about, going up and down the country to support the boys. It’s what we missed so much last season and we’ll be giving everything to make it another special away day with a result to celebrate at the end of it."

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