GARETH Ainsworth said any of his players who can’t motivate themselves for Saturday’s do-or-die clash with Bristol Rovers don’t deserve to be professional footballers.
Victory for either side in a match of such gargantuan importance would go a long way to securing Football League safety for another season, putting them three points ahead of their slain rival with just one match left to play.
Despite everything Ainsworth has seen from his players this season, with Easter Monday’s dismal defeat by Fleetwood the latest in a long line of insipid displays, the Blues boss believes there’s enough in the team to see off the Gas at Adams Park.
But this time it’s a question of attitude, with Ainsworth saying his players need to do what they failed to against Fleetwood and turn up.
He said: “They have got to realise next week is what it’s all about. It’s not about today; it’s finished.
“We now have to put this to bed as soon as possible and concentrate on Bristol Rovers – it’s the biggest game in Wycombe’s league history for a long time. If you are not ready to step up and play in this game next Saturday, you don’t deserve to be a League player. People relish games like this.
“It’s a one game season. Forget Torquay [Wanderers’ final day opponents], we’ve got Bristol Rovers next Saturday and if we win that it’s a huge, huge step towards this club’s safety. I believe we’ve got plenty to win that and I’m looking forward to the game.
“The boys know I’ve got a huge task on Saturday. We can win that no problem, but we have to turn up. We can’t repeat what we’ve done today.”
Ainsworth was forced into naming himself amongst the substitutes at Highbury on Monday and with an 80 per cent fit Dean Morgan further damaging his groin the Blues boss has his fingers crossed he doesn’t suffer any more injuries.
But after seeing the attitude of some of his players in the Fleetwood loss he added: “I have got things in my head now which will affect my team selection next week.”