Wanderers getting closer to picking first XI

Wanderers getting closer to picking first XI

Wanderers getting closer to picking first XI

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

THE side that faces Barnet in Blues' final pre season friendly won't be far away from the one that turns out in the League Two opener at Newport County, assistant boss Richard Dobson said.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth has said previously he has a good idea of his preferred starting XI for the season's curtain raiser and fans are set to get a glimpse of who's in his thoughts at The Hive tomorrow.

Dobson said: "We have to look at how the injury situation is. There's one or two positions where it could be either/or at the moment but it would be not far off it I would have thought.

"We don't want to show all of our hand going into Newport. There will be things we keep up our sleeve.

"We're nearly there - we want to have a good look at exactly where we are next week against a decent side."

Wanderers said they chose to face the Bees last in their pre season preparations as they will play a similar style of football to what Blues expect to face in League Two next season.

Martin Allen, a combative midfielder nicknamed Mad Dog during his playing days, is now in charge at Barnet and Dobson said Wanderers are expecting a physical tussle in keeping with what they're likely to come up against on a weekly basis in the league.

Dobson said: "We know the type of football Martin likes to play. It will replicate a lot of what goes on at League Two so we chose that game for that reason. We think it'll be good preparation for us going into Newport.

"Martin Allen's taken over there and I think they have a little bit of money in terms of their recruitment. They've got some good players - Charlie MacDonald is one who's gone there recently. They have bought a bit of calibre in during the course of this transfer window."

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