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Ainsworth wants a return to strong starts
GARETH Ainsworth has called for his side to get back into the groove of starting games strongly after last week's horror show at Rochdale.
Last season an early goal for Wanderers was something of an Ainsworth trademark, but that supply has dried up somewhat this time around.
At Rochdale Blues were pinned back from the off and found themselves three goals down inside the opening quarter of an hour, and Ainsworth said the level of performance shown by their last opponents is something his players should aim for against Burton Albion tomorrow.
The Blues boss said: "We had a thing where we really want to get the early goal. When we do that we tend to go on and win games but they have been few and far between [this season]. More often than not if someone scores the early goal it's the opposition and we have to climb back into games.
"We're working on it. It's something we had right at the start of my managerial career, we had early goals, but we seem to have lost that way a bit.
"We'll be working on that, to get on the scoresheet first, and if not, keep level. I know our fitness and strength will come into it and we'll always create chances."
Ainsworth admitted there was plenty of soul searching to be done on Monday off the back of the Rochdale defeat, which saw Wanderers' six match unbeaten run come shuddering to a halt.
He said: "It was a longer video session than usual. We had a chance on the long way home to pick the bones out of what went wrong and we did that.
"Not having a good start is a glaring mistake. Me harping on about getting the lads activated before games backfired in a big way.
"It's hopefully a one-off. Away games have been our big strength since I took over and I can't see anything too wrong. If it happens again it becomes a problem, but everyone makes mistakes. If it's week in, week out we have to address it."
He said however he won't make wholesale changes for the sake of it off the back of last week.
He said: "People get chosen on merit. One defeat in seven isn't a bad record for any team and I will keep faith in the players.
"This team is for the specific game, it's not for every week. I have changed things a few times in the run. I can't say we'll keep the same XI but we'll be trying to put the best team for Burton Albion."
The Brewers were League Two's surprise package last season, making the play offs, but they arrive at Adams Park off the back of picking up just one point from the last four games after making another strong start.
Ainsworth said: "They have done as well this season as they did last season. They started quite quietly last season and exploded into the play offs.
"Gary Rowett has done a good job there. We were team mates at Cambridge in the early 90s so I know his work ethic. His teams will be organised and we have to make sure we work harder and be more organised than them on Saturday.
"They did fantastically last year, probably showing the whole division anyone can get in the play offs. They weren't fancied at all at the start of the season - what a great job he's done."
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