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Gareth: Same intensity and professionalism required

Boss says Blues will treat Doncaster and Rotherham the same.

14 October 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side go into the Yorkshire double-header at Doncaster (on Saturday) and Rotherham (on Tuesday) with the same attitude and focus for each game, despite the contrasting fortunes of their two opponents so far this season.

Rovers sit bottom of League 1 by virtue of having lost all six away games, but their record at the Keepmoat Stadium would put them in mid-table, having seen off in-form MK Dons last time out.

Rotherham returned to League 1 alongside the Chairboys in the summer and have enjoyed a successful start, occupying a play-off position at present, but Ainsworth believes the two tests could be equally challenging for his troops.

"Doncaster are a strong side with some really good players; they beat MK Dons last time and they've changed their style in recent weeks which we're wary of," he told the press on Thursday morning.

"These two games are equally important as each other and we won't be taking Doncaster any less seriously than Rotherham just because they're at the wrong end of the table. You cannot take anyone lightly. We'll approach it with the same intensity and professionalism."

Blues head north with three consecutive wins under their belts, two of which came at Adams Park where they still hold a 100% winning record this season, and the manager hopes to see that form translate into picking up more points on the road.

"We definitely want to make sure our away form is on track. In the early years we seemed to play better away from home, but your home form is your building block where you need to get most your points and it's important that we do that.

"Sometimes not getting beaten away is key, as long as you win your home games.

"The players have been fantastic and we've got this home form going strong. The boys feel at home, they feel strong and they know they've got the fans right behind them. The way we've started games has been powerful, blowing teams away in the first few minutes. We know we've got a good side and our home form has been reliable. Now on the road we've got to make sure we're solid as well."

Last weekend's win moved the Chairboys into second place in the table, but Ainsworth says he won't let his players be distracted by the prosperous outlook of the table at this stage, with plenty of football still to be played.

"It's great to be at the top end of the table but it's a good start and that's all it is. We've got to do it three more times and that's the challenge for us. We want to have a strong season and we'll be keeping our focus."

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