Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has hailed the way his players have remained positive through their recent run as he prepares his side for another six-pointer away at Rochdale.

Last Saturday, the Blues won their first game in 13 games with an excellent 2-0 win away at fellow strugglers Southend United.

Despite that being their first victory since January, the performances have been, by and large, very good and Ainsworth feels that victories in big matches such as at Roots Hall, or the win which sealed promotion at Chesterfield, will stand his side in good stead for big games ahead.

He said: "The boys know where they are and we are realists.

"We talk about everything openly. We have open meetings and I believe everyone has a voice and advice is free.

"The more I communicate with my players, the more I understand about them. I think some managers go the opposite way and don't speak to their players.

"I know of managers who when players are out of the team, they don't speak to them and they won't talk to them and I am the opposite. I will speak to the players who aren't out of the team more.

"I have this positive way about me all the time and if I am not like, the players will feed off that.

"I am lucky enough to be that way and I will definitely look at the players and find out their moods and I think it is important to know where they are as players.

"The guys have been great lately and they have been super positive. The performances have shown that and I am asking for more of the same now, beginning with this weekend."

Rochdale had picked up form lately but suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Portsmouth at the weekend. However, Ainsworth was wary of the threat they possess, particularly from top scorer Ian Henderson.

He added: "He is a top striker in this league. They have had a tough time. We had a good performance against them at home.

"If we can produce something like that again that will go a long way to securing our league status.

"Rochdale want to do the same and we are well aware of that. There is everything on this for both sides and I am in total confidence my players can handle this pressure situation."