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Gaz warns players not to take goalless Pools lightly
GARETH Ainsworth has warned his side against complacency as they prepare to face a Hartlepool side who haven't scored a league goal this season.
Pools have struggled after relegation from League One last year and find themselves in the bottom two after failing to find the back of the net in any of their first five League Two matches.
But in a reversal of fortune they hammered last season's League Cup finalists Bradford City 5-0 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek and Ainsworth said that result shows Blues shouldn't expect to pick up the points just by turning up.
He pointed to examples from last season when Wanderers let their opponents' lowly position go to their heads, leading to dropped points.
The Blues boss said: "If you disrespect someone and think you can just walk all over them, you're in for a massive fall from grace. You can't take anyone lightly. I would be a naive manager if I thought we could turn them over because they are bottom of the league.
"The likes of Accrington last year at home [which Wycombe lost 1-0], these are games we have to learn from. You can't just think you're going to beat someone just because they're down there. We were down there at one stage last year and look what we did to teams."
Goals were hard to come by for United last season as well, as they fired blanks on a total of 23 occasions and at one stage went eight matches without finding the back of the net.
They scored just 39 games all season - only just more than the total League Two's top scorer Tom Pope managed on his own as he netted 31 times.
Ainsworth said: "They were League One last season so we've got to give them respect. They had a bad season last year and it seems to have continued into the start of this season.
"But they've just knocked in five against Bradford, who are no mugs. Phil Parkinson wouldn't put any rubbish team out in a cup game - we know how he feels about the cups.
"We have to respect they've just knocked five in so their tails are going to be up. Our tails are definitely up from an away performance and I think we're in for a good game.
"I don't think anybody should be looking into 'they haven't scored a goal, why should they score against us' syndrome. They are going to score league goals, whether it's against us or someone else.
"The important thing is we win the game. We want to go and get the three points, if it's 5-4, 5-0 or 1-0 it doesn't matter."
He added: "The last three performances have been very encouraging and if we can play like that we'll definitely win more than we lose."
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