Ainsworth: I won't make changes for change's sake
GARETH Ainsworth said he won't make changes to his side just for the sake of it after several players returned from injury this week.
The Blues boss had the luxury of a strong bench for the New Year's Day game with Exeter, having not been able to name seven substitutes at Plymouth and having a bench full of untried teenagers against Cheltenham.
A poor performance followed against the Grecians, but Ainsworth said that doesn't necessarily mean he will ring the changes when Chesterfield arrive in town tomorrow.
He said: "My philosophy is if you're doing it, you keep your place and stay in the team. But I've got people waiting in the wings. There's people who have done it before for me. They'll get their chance as well if form drops or results go against us. The lads know how I work.
"It's a funny game. It was my strongest squad I've had for a while on Tuesday against ten men and we failed to win the game. You're expecting more from a stronger squad but it doesn't always work like that.
"It's nice to have the majority back and we'll be going into the game confident."
The Wanderers boss admitted some of his key men are suffering slightly with fatigue after a prolonged run in the team however.
He said: "Stuart Lewis, Sam Wood and Bruno Andrade have played every minute of every game. They will be watched and we'll keep an eye on them to make sure their fitness levels and rest levels are fine for Saturday, because they are big players for the team. They have been performing really well for the amount of minutes they've played."
Blues moved up the table with a run of four wins out of five but they have wobbled slightly with a couple of defeats over the Christmas period.
Ainsworth is satisfied with his side's form but has challenged his men to grind out a few more points.
He said: "It's been a bit win one, lose one at the moment and if that carries on we'll be OK but I'd rather we stopped losing games. A win one, draw one policy might be better."