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Gaz preparing Blues for biggest game of the season
GARETH Ainsworth said Wanderers face their biggest game of the season at Newport County tomorrow.
Good Friday's Adams Park clash with Northampton Town, with second bottom meeting third bottom, is seen by many as being the match that will ultimately decide who will take the drop out of League Two at the end of the season.
But Ainsworth said Blues can do themselves a huge favour by beating the out of form Welsh club this weekend, with a victory having the potential to take them six points clear of the drop zone with four games left.
The Wanderers chief said it's crucial his men build on Saturday's home win over Dagenham and Redbridge, which had the added bonus of reeling in a host of other clubs.
A week ago it looked like a straight battle between Blues, Northampton and Portsmouth for the second relegation slot along with seemingly doomed Torquay, but Wanderers can move to within a point of 14th placed Newport with a win at Rodney Parade.
Ainsworth said: "I firmly believe we can beat Newport and I firmly believe this is a huge, huge game. This is the biggest game so far of our season. Everyone's got to realise that.
"Northampton at home is going to be a huge game no matter what but we could really stack the odds in our favour if we beat Newport on Saturday. For me, this is the biggest game of the season so far.
"There's about eight teams in the mix, and that's not including the bottom two. I think anyone in the bottom ten now is looking over their shoulder. We know where we are and where we've been. We are on the ascendency and people are looking over their shoulders thinking, where are we going to get our next win from?
"We kept it in our own hands and set up two big games with Newport and Northampton within a week of each other. They can play a big part in securing the future of the club.
"Without getting carried away, it's all looking good. There will be other teams in a worse situation than us at the moment going into the next game.
"We are confident we can get another win, no problem, and build on that. It'll be really interesting after Saturday's results - the table's going to become even more crazy. I'm sure the positional changes will be many and hopefully we'll be one of them going higher."
The Exiles, promoted from the Conference last year, had been pushing for a play off place when they last met Wanderers on Boxing Day but a succession of postponements ground their momentum to a halt.
Justin Edinburgh's men have won just two of the 20 matches they've played since then and Ainsworth said: "I think they are a different team to the one we played earlier in the season at home - they were in the ascendency and were flying high.
"Justin's gone through a tough time, just like I did in the middle part of the season. He's having his now and it's a tough place to be when you're like that.
"If we can hit them hard and start well and get in the ascendency, we can step on them and get their fans on their back and win the game."
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