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Gareth up for Oxford test

Chairboys manager looking forward to a tough game at the Kassam.

9 September 2021

Ahead of Wycombe's trip down the M40 to Oxford, Gareth Ainsworth spoke to Phil Catchpole about the clash.

The last time Wycombe and Oxford met was in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium, and Phil was quick to remind Ainsworth of that fact.

"You don’t need to remind me about that! There’ll be some players who didn’t play in that game, but there’ll be some players who did. Of course you remember those games, and we’ll just have to make sure that we’re up to it as much as they are."

Ainsworth isn't taking anything for granted on Saturday, and was sure that his counterpart at Oxford would be looking to bounce back after the weekend's fixture.

"Karl (Robinson) gets his team up. I watched them on Saturday against Wimbledon - they had a very good first half and then Wimbledon came back into it. It was chances in both boxes that weren’t made to count - a lot like our game at Sunderland where we didn’t take our opportunities or chances. If Oxford had taken theirs on Saturday, it would have been a very different game.

"Karl won’t be wanting two defeats on the spin, as I won’t, and then obviously we have the Wembley match history. There’s a lot on this but it’s only the sixth or seventh game in League One for us this season and nothing is going to be decided by this - it’s just going to go towards our tally at the end of the season.

"It’s just up the motorway and we’re their closest team - it’ll be a nice M40 derby as always."

There's more than just Saturday to look forward to, as Ainsworth points out that the focus has to be around the whole season.

"We’re still on this long term plan to get back to the Championship and to even talk like that is brilliant - I’ll have to stop saying it or the fans will get used to this Championship shout now! It’s great but there’s teams like Portsmouth, Sunderland, Oxford, Wigan, Charlton, Ipswich and Bolton - I will have missed somebody out there - but they're all teams that have been in the Premier League or Championship and we’ve got a lot to compete with this season.

"With the backing I’ve got, the players I’ve got and the staff we’ve got on board this season, I feel like we’ve got a chance."


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