Ainsworth: Midweek loss brought us back down to earth

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

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GARETH Ainsworth believes his team are too good to go down – but said results in midweek proved they can’t afford to rest on their laurels.

Wanderers are back to being just four points above the cut-off line at the foot of the table after defeat by Plymouth was coupled with improving Northampton Town winning a relegation six pointer at fellow strugglers Exeter City on Tuesday night.

Ainsworth said after the recent draw at Southend his players couldn’t afford to get too carried away, saying they ‘hadn’t done anything yet’ this season.

And the Blues boss said the midweek results just served to underline the fact that they’re not out of the woods just yet.

He said: “It was back down to earth quickly. Being in touch with reality is very important in this job – you can’t get carried away.

“It’s great to be on the crest of a wave and I want my players to feel that all the time, but me and staff keep a careful eye on the table, a careful eye on the points total and what we need to do. I’m not getting carried away.

“I’m sure we’ll have a smile on our faces in the summer because we’ll have done it right, but you can’t start thinking, ‘This is easy’ - the moment you do that is the moment it’ll bite you on the backside. We’ll still do our work.

“There’s no way we’d ever get carried away and think we are on a great run because the next defeat is just around the corner ready to knock you for six. I’m sure there’s bigger clubs than us who can vouch for that."

He added: “I’m totally confident I have got enough in Wycombe Wanderers’ squad to avoid relegation this season. I wouldn’t be sat here if I wasn’t.

"We've been here before, we're experienced in this battle. It's in our hands as long as we can keep positive and keep winning and keep driving forward.

"It would be nice to see the league pan out in the final few weeks of the season from the safety of survival - that's what we're aiming for.

"There's far too much in this squad to be worried about being in a relegation battle come the final weeks of the season. It's been proven in the games we've won and I think we'll be showing it on Saturday against York."

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