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Gareth excited to welcome Charlton

The gaffer calls on fans to be in full voice on Saturday ahead of Charlton Athletic clash.

17 September 2021

Wycombe return to Adams Park this Saturday to welcome Charlton Athletic, with Gareth Ainsworth eager to build on the Chairboys' strong start to the season in League One.

Last time out Ainsworth's men took a 0-0 draw away from Oxford United, whilst this weekend's opponents fell to a 2-1 defeat against league newcomers Cheltenham Town.

Wycombe currently sit 9th in the table with a game in hand, and take to the pitch at Adams Park for the first league game since Sam Vokes secured a 1-0 win against Lincoln City.

"We need to make sure that we're on it on Saturday," Ainsworth says. "At home I know that Rob and Pete (Couhig) want as many people down as we can.

"Charlton will bring a good following. It's only an hour away, so I'm sure that it's going to be a really good atmosphere."

With a record of three wins, two draws and a loss so far this season, the gaffer is made up with how his side have begun the season, having taken on a number of promotion challengers so far.

"We were in the Championship last year, which was a strong Championship and then we've come into another strong league here in League One," he continues. 

"There are some huge teams that we've played recently so we're happy where we are. I think playing Sunderland away, Wigan away and Oxford away are three big away ties there.

"I think Accrington have also shown their strength and Lincoln City are finding their feet, so I think we've had quite a tough start, but really happy with the points return we've had so far and where the boys are."

Charlton's visit will be the first match in the Wonder of Wycombe series, seven show-stopping matchdays throughout the 2021/22 campaign, and Ainsworth is hoping the fans will show up in good numbers to create an electric atmosphere.

"We've updated the stadium massively and all these things don't mean a lot if you're not winning games, but just to come in now and see the electric boards around the place, the scoreboard, the sound system, all these things that I'm hoping that the fans are proud of because it's something I'm really proud of," the manager gleams.

"The journey we've been on and where we are now, we want to get this place packed out and I know that the terrace will be full, and if we can fill up other the other areas and get some vocal support behind the boys, I know it makes a hell of a difference. 

"It always did when I played and believe me, your shouts and chants count and I would love to see above 6000, even pushing towards a sell-out.

"If we could get anything like those numbers week in week out, I think we have a real chance at achieving something special."

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