Ainsworth wants another step forward

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WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth said his side took a step forward with their draw against Fleetwood this week - now he wants them to make an even bigger one at Cheltenham tomorrow.

A point from a 1-1 draw against one of the division's promotion chasers inched Blues further away from the drop zone and Ainsworth was encouraged by the performance.

And he wants his men to repeat that as he looks to improve on a run of form that has brought with it just one win in the last 18 matches.

The Blues boss said: "The draw against Fleetwood was a superb result for us. For us to put in a performance against a team whose budget is in the top two in the league, and ours is in the bottom four, I think it's a real progression - a real step.

"It was a step forward against one of the top teams in the league and I was very impressed by what I saw."

Ainsworth opted to go with a midfield diamond against Fleetwood and said that went hand-in-hand with the improved display that he wants to see again.

He said: "The formation change encourages more football. I did it earlier in the season and it worked against the likes of Bristol City, Crewe and Swindon. I think we've got that up our sleeve to be able to change formations and play this way."

Cheltenham are likely to match Wanderers' midfield formation as they also look to arrest their own poor run of form, having not picked up a win since Boxing Day.

Meanwhile striker Reece Styche urged his team mates to rediscover the levels of performance they reached earlier on in the season.

Styche said Blues failed to build on the momentum they appeared to be generating when he first arrived at Adams Park last month.

He said Wanderers should look to ensure they didn't make the same mistake twice and take heart from their display against Fleetwood.

Styche said: "After the Portsmouth game I said in my first two games we played really well, then we never really took those performances into Bury and Accrington.

"The gaffer changed the shape on Tuesday and I thought we looked comfortable with it. We kept the ball and tried to play a little bit. We limited Fleetwood to next to no chances and they are a massive team in this league.

"I thought we held our own against them and if we take that performance into Cheltenham on Saturday I think we'll be fine."

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