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Gaz braced for derby day 'cauldron'
GARETH Ainsworth has told his players to expect a cauldron atmosphere tomorrow as opponents Oxford United go into derby day top of the table.
The U's are one of only two sides in League Two with a 100 per cent record and they're the division's top scorers after netting nine in their first three games.
Ainsworth is steeling his players for a fever pitch atmosphere for the M40 derby, but he said they can feed off the noise from the Kassam Stadium's three stands.
He said: "Oxford will be well up for it because they want to continue their run, so the atmosphere will be great. If you can't play in an atmosphere like this, I don't know why you're a footballer, because these are the games that give you really spinetingling moments. I really look forward to derby games and hopefully it'll be a good spectacle on Saturday.
"We did well last year but it's a different season and they are flying high at the moment. We're going to go into a cauldron atmosphere and my lads will be up for that one.
"The atmosphere at Oxford is always a great atmosphere because the Wycombe fans don't have to travel far. They do travel well and they are always vocal - last year I remember them outsinging the Oxford fans for long patches of the game."
He added: "Get down and support the boys against Oxford because it's going to be a great atmosphere. We'll be giving our all to beat them."
Oxford sent out a statement of intent by winning 4-2 at promotion favourites Portsmouth on the opening day, which was followed by further victories over Bury and Torquay.
But Ainsworth said he's not surprised they've managed to surge to the front of the pack, with the goals of summer signing Dave Kitson inspiring them to come flying out the traps.
The Blues boss said: "It's a big club. They have started very well and with the signings they made in the summer it's no surprise they've started well.
"It's not often this early in the season you can be classed as the underdog team but I think we will be on Saturday. They're flying high and everyone's saying how good they are doing. We've had a little stumbling block and hopefully we can perform well and get the result we need."
And while Oxford have set the benchmark for the season, Ainsworth said there's no reason why Wanderers can't match them.
He said: "It's early in the season so it's over a period of nine months, not one month, and I'm sure we'll be challenging with the Oxfords at some stage. We can be on a par with them. I'm not saying it'll be at the top of the table but I don't think we'll be far away."
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