Gaz: It's time to win ugly

Bucks Free Press: Gareth Ainsworth Gareth Ainsworth

GARETH Ainsworth said he'd take an ugly win tomorrow as he looks to follow opponents Scunthorpe United's lead by climbing the table.

Since sacking Brian Laws the Iron have won all their matches to move to within a point of top spot after underachieving in mid table following relegation last season.

Ainsworth said that run of form is something Wanderers can aspire to and sees no reason why they can't produce a similar turnaround.

But for now he'll take a win any way it comes after a run of seven matches without a victory in League Two.

The Blues boss said: "A little run of results will get you everywhere in this league. Likewise a bad run of results and you can fall quite quickly in the table. We need to get back to winning ways and the team I put out on Saturday will be up for doing that.

"Brian Laws was relieved after a bad spell of results and lo and behold Russell Wilcox and Tony Laws took over, they win their first three and they are riding high in the play offs.

"The big thing now is getting the next win under our belt because the mental side of things will relieve everyone.

"Sometimes you might have to play ugly and win. We've been playing so well lately and not getting the points. Maybe it'll take an ugly win to get us back on track, but I'll take any win on Saturday and I'm sure the boys will be with me on that."

Stopping the rot is another test of Ainsworth's managerial nous but having led them to safety last season and a good start to the current campaign he feels expectation levels have risen at Adams Park.

He said: "A year ago we were down the bottom and looking over our shoulder into the abyss of non league football, which obviously was a worry. This time it's a different challenge. We started well and we had a bad November - whether it's due to the cups or whether it's just due to a bad run of form, we'll see.

"The points on the board is more comfortable than we had last year but we don't want to be the team that starts dropping, we want to be the team that makes a late run and back into the play offs or the top ten.

"Expectation levels have been raised as we occupied sixth at one stage, but people have got to remember where we were last year. If you take somewhere in the middle, you're probably pitching about right."

But he added he welcomed the constructive criticism from supporters - and urged them to stick with his men despite the winless run.

Ainsworth said: "The fans have been fantastic for me. The constructive stuff is great to hear. Everyone has a right to an opinion - they have paid their money to voice what they believe, good or bad.

"When it's not going so well we need the fans even more. It's easy to support a team when they're winning all the time and that's why you get all the glory fans round the country supporting clubs miles away.

"You won't enjoy the good times unless we go through the bad times. The fans have been great and hopefully they can keep coming down and getting behind us. Hopefully we can turn it round together - we are going to be positive on Saturday."


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