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Ainsworth challenges players to improve home form
GARETH Ainsworth has challenged his players to improve their home form as Blues return to Adams Park tomorrow.
Wanderers were better on the road last season, winning nine matches on visiting turf compared to eight on home territory, and Ainsworth wants the number of home wins to be better this year.
They began their new league campaign with a 1-0 win over Morecambe, before a cruel last minute League Cup defeat by Championship Leicester City, and Ainsworth is looking for his men to back that up against newly-promoted Mansfield Town tomorrow.
The Blues boss said: "Our best two performances have come at Adams Park. Hopefully we can make it a hat trick of performances and I'm sure the result will follow.
"We were very good away from home last season. We were one of the top five away from home, but our home form let us down a bit.
"We could have a higher position if we can make Adams Park our true form place and be good at home - all teams in history who've done well have done well at home. I intend to make Adams Park a tough place to come. It won't happen overnight, we have to work on it."
And he's expected last season's Conference champions to come to Adams Park and attack as they seek a first win since returning to the Football League after a five year spell in non-league football.
They clinched the title after a run of 20 wins from 23 games and Ainsworth said: "No team does that no matter what league you are without having something.
"They haven't scored yet and I'm sure they are going to score sooner or later.
"I don't think people are going to come to Wycombe and try to defend and get a point. We're not a big fish like the Portsmouths or Fleetwoods where people might go there and think 'let's shut up shop'. I think people will come to Adams Park and take on Wycombe. That's brilliant for me - I want my boys tested."
The last time current Stags boss Paul Cox crossed paths with Wanderers came on one of the humiliating days of Blues' recent history, as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Eastwood Town in 2008.
Cox managed the side and striker Lindon Meikle, who followed him to Field Mill, scored one of the goals in Wanderers' 2-0 defeat.
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