Gaz: I don't know how many points we'll need

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth said his side's upturn in fortune will count for nothing if they don't now kick on - saying he's targeting his men to get well over 50 points before the end of the campaign.

The half century of points is traditionally seen as being enough to avoid relegation, but Barnet failed to survive the drop last season despite accumulating 51 points.

Ainsworth said after a point at Southend took his side's tally to 38 that Wanderers "haven't done anything" yet this season.

But he added he's confident Blues have enough in them to extend their five match unbeaten run and climb a congested league table.

He said: "You can’t say what total it’s going to be. Last year was crazy and this year looks to be just as chaotic.

"Last year 52 was the target and heaven knows what it’s going to be this year. I wouldn’t want to say. All I know is we’ve got to get as many points on the board as quickly as we can.

"We don’t want it to be going down to those last few games of the season where we’ve got big relegation battles, but I’m confident we can pick points up. We are on a good run – we’ve had our terrible run.

"Last year we had a fantastic December and January and this year it’s been the total opposite. If we’ve had our bad run, now we can go on our normal run and other teams will fall into their bad run. I’m expecting that’s the way football goes.

"As long as we are working hard and doing the right things, I’m sure we’ll be OK."

Ainsworth added: "I’ll reveal the points total once we’ve passed it."

Wanderers face the prospect of seven matches before March is out, but Ainsworth said the month won't define their season.

He said: "Every game is a defining game. If things don’t go according to plan in March, I don’t want to go thinking, ‘That was our defining month’, because that’s not how I work.

"They are going to be crucial and we need to treat each one like we did against Chesterfield – ultimate professionalism, commitment and togetherness. We need to be together if we’re going to achieve anything."

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