Season outcome won't be decided today

This Is Local London: Gareth Ainsworth Gareth Ainsworth

'NOTHING will be decided today' is the message Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth wants to reiterate ahead of kick off in the titanic showdown with Northampton Town.

Defeat will send Blues into the relegation zone for the first time all season with just three games of the campaign left.

But Ainsworth was keen to highlight the fact time is still on Wanderers' side in their battle for survival at the bottom of the Football League.

He said: "It's a big game, obviously, but we've got four big games left. No matter what happens in this game, everyone will be saying next Saturday's a big game against Bristol Rovers, and the Saturday after against Torquay is a big game.

"I don't want to put any added pressure on anyone by saying this is the pivotal game - it isn't. If we win three and lose one then everyone will be happy. If this is the one we lose and we win the next three, everyone will be happy - it doesn't matter which combination we have.

"They are all big, they are all games for our league survival. There isn't one bigger than the others. People will look at this one but for me it's four big games. There's no way anything can be decided on Friday."

The Blues boss added: "They are all big games, it just happens to be we are both level on points in the table and goal difference is separating us. That's why football's so great. It's amazing how it put things like this in front of you.

"I'm really looking forward to it and the boys are as well. We are desperate to get the game started now."

Ainsworth's words were reiterated by long-serving midfielder Matt Bloomfield, who is no stranger to the big occasion during his time with Wanderers.

He's played in a League Cup semi final and promotion and relegation deciders in his ten years at Adams Park - but he doesn't agree today's clash is a must-win one.

Bloomfield said: "In those cup matches, if you lost you're out. If we lose this one, we are not relegated. It's a big game, there's no denying it, and we'll be doing everything we can to win.

"If we win we don't stay up and if we lose we don't go down, but it's certainly a big game and one where we have to try our utmost to collect all three points from.

"Our destiny is in our own hands. We play the three teams around us, as well as a tough trip to Fleetwood. If we do what we need to do and get the points we need to get, we don't have to rely on anyone else, which is a comforting thing."

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