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Mental agility key to on-field success
KEEPING his players mentally sharp will be key for Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth as they face a second long trip in the space of a week.
Tuesday's 360 mile round trip to Devon was small fry compared to the 500 miles they're going to have to put in to get to Hartlepool and back this weekend.
Ainsworth said part of his job as manager is to engender team spirit, and being on the team bus for hours at a time is a perfect time to do it.
He said: "We'll get the quizzes out and get their minds sharp. I'm a big believer in that. I don't want headphone, or watching films, or listening to music or sleeping - I want them alive and thinking and engaging with each other. The quizzes do that.
"You have some crazy answers for some things and some people surprise us with knowledge of other things, but you get to know your team mates and we've all got a smile on our faces.
"It was games of cards when I was on the bus when I was young. I think that kept my brain ticking over, although the engagement with the rest of the bus wasn't there.
"I make sure the whole 20 people on the bus are engaging with each other and that's a big thing for me. If I see any rucks or cliques then I'll crush them straight away because that's not what we're about and I hated that as a player.
"However hard it is, you've got to try and keep on top of these things as a manager. It's just as important as picking a formation or picking a player or putting a training session on."
Ainsworth added: "I have a no rubbish policy with eating. When we stop off at services stations and the temptation of the fast food's there, they know anyone getting one of those probably won't play the next day.
"They know that I prided myself on being fit and looking after my body. All I'm asking for nine months of the year is to do that and they're listening to me.
"Somebody brought a McDonald's box on last year trying to wind me up, but it's all banter."
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