Ainsworth sets out demands with squad ready to go

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

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

WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth is calling for his new-look squad to give blood, sweat and tears for the cause as Blues prepare for their first game of the new League Two season.

Ainsworth is demanding nothing less than a 100 per cent effort from his team as they kick off the new campaign away to Newport County tomorrow.

No fewer than nine new players have arrived at Adams Park over the summer to banish the ghost of last season's ultimately successful battle against relegation.

Blues survived the drop on a dramatic final day and Ainsworth wants his players to draw on the spirit of that fight to hit the ground running this time around.

He said: "We have to learn from where we were last year and learn from our mistakes and put it right.

"We'll be competitive and if everyone, every single player, can walk off that pitch at the end of the Newport game and given 100 per cent and not leave anything out there I'll be happy.

"No disappointment, no looking elsewhere - you're a Wycombe Wanderers player, you've got that shirt on your back, you should give blood, sweat and tears for Wycombe Wanderers. That's my aim. That was always my aim as a player, now it's my aim to do it for 18 players on a Saturday for Wycombe Wanderers.

"I really can't wait. Most managers will be saying that at this stage of pre season - everyone will be saying, 'let's bring the season on'.

"We are right, we are ready. This game's been there for a long time, we've been building up to this one. It'll be a great test for us.

"The fans can come with us again this year and get right behind us."

Wanderers have a smaller squad this season to the one that struggled last year but Ainsworth said he's glad to have gone for quality over quantity with his transfer dealings.

He said: "There's a couple of names I didn't get but the ones I did get were top of my list. Paul Hayes was one of ones I wanted to get in early.

"Peter Murphy, Sido Jombati and Joe Jacobson are three big names who've all played at higher levels. We feel we've got the right characters, the quality's gone up in the team.

"Pre season has flown by. There's been a lot of ins and outs - it's almost a new squad."

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