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Gareth wants more of the same

Blues boss wants continuity from Shrewsbury and Doncaster away triumphs.

29 October 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says his side can carry learnings from recent away wins at Shrewsbury and Doncaster into Saturday’s League 1 game at Fleetwood Town.

The Chairboys overcame two sides at the wrong end of the table to record maximum points which – alongside three home wins and a creditable draw at Rotherham – has given the Blues a return of 16 points from the last 18 available.

Fleetwood currently sit in 21st place in the table but have already defeated Rotherham and held high-flying Sunderland and MK Dons to draws, proving that they’re likely to be a stronger opponent than the table suggests.

“This is another tricky fixture away from home, make no mistake about it,” Ainsworth said. “We need to look at what we did right against Shrewsbury and Doncaster to help us get over this hurdle.

“We’re going for it, and we’re looking for the win. But we know from recent games that you can’t take anyone lightly in this division.”

Wanderers lock horns with Fleetwood for the first time since the memorable play-off battles in 2020, and renew acquaintances with boss Simon Grayson, who conducted himself with the most commendable compassion and decency when he was in charge of Blackpool on the night that Wycombe fan Mark Bird suffered a fatal heart attack before kick-off at Adams Park.

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“It’s a strange league table,” Ainsworth said. “Fleetwood have had some brilliant games and you wonder why they’re down near the bottom, but they’ve also lost some games you might not expect them to. They’re a strong side with a brilliant manager who is a top top guy.

“The play-off games were something special. We didn’t leave one stone unturned in our preparations and really took the game to Fleetwood. I’m not expecting anything like a game like that first one; this will be tough game against a team who have been inconsistent and we hope to catch them on a bad day.”

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