Gaz: My men won't need firing up for derby day

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

First published in Latest Sport This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GARETH Ainsworth believes his players won't need motivating ahead of tomorrow's derby clash against Oxford United at Adams Park.

Blues face a stern test as their M40 rivals arrive in Bucks having not lost on their travels all season, winning six and drawing four of their ten League Two awaydays.

Ainsworth was a spectator as the U's continued to impress on the road with a 2-2 FA Cup draw at Championship side Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

But they've only won one of their last seven League Two matches and bullish Ainsworth sees tomorrow as the perfect time to end his side's home hoodoo and end their rivals' unbeaten run on the road.

He said: "The boys know that there will be no motivational speech needed, although they will be getting one.

"There's a couple of records that can go. They haven't lost and we haven't won for so long, so it would be nice to put both of those to bed.

"I never used to need motivating for local derbies and I played in a few good ones. Oxford against Wycombe is always a big game.

"Last year the away game was the one that secured our safety and people remember that fondly. It hit home what it means to the fans to win this one.

"I want the players to wear the jersey with pride and drive for this one and go back to what we know."

Wanderers were denied victory at the Kassam Stadium back in August by a dubious injury time equaliser from John Mullins - awarded despite a clear foul on Sam Wood in the build-up - but Ainsworth insists a desire to improve his side's faltering home form rather than right that injustice is foremost in his mind.

He said: "There's no revenge. It's the home form we really need to turn round. It's about getting a home win and it would be great to do it against Oxford.

"It's not surprising they are high up in the league, the only surprise is they've fallen away a bit. It's a hugely competitive league and I'm sure they will be finishing in the top half of the league."

Ainsworth added the fans can play their part in helping Wanderers on their way to a much-needed victory.

He said: "It's a fantastic opportunity to get everyone in Wycombe involved in getting one over on them and getting this home form turned round."

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