Gareth Ainsworth has opened up on his experiences in managing and playing in play-off finals.

Wycombe faced Preston North End in the 1994 Third Division play-off final with Ainsworth being in North End's midfield that day, with the Chairboys winning 4-2.

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Ainsworth has been to Wembley one other time, as manager of Wycombe for their 2015 League Two play-off final bout with Southend, where they lost on penalties.

The Chairboys boss said: “Every time I go to Wembley, it involves Wycombe Wanderers.

“This is number three and I've lost the first two so, I'm hoping it's third time lucky.

“Wycombe were brilliant 94, really brilliant and it was tough in 2015.

“That was really tough, penalties against Southend.

"Real tough one to take.

“But six years later, I think we're better prepared. I think we're a much better side and we've got the experience beyond behind us as well.”

Ainsworth admitted both finals were in the early stages of his playing and managerial career, but admits this final is one he really wants to win.

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He continued: “As a 21-year-old, I think you get rid of the disappointment very quickly, you've got a career ahead of you.

“It didn't affect me for too long that defeat, if I'm being honest, I was only young.

“I think you get rid of those things pretty quickly when you're young.

“As a young manager, I think same situation.

“I think it was it was never expected we would be at Wembley.

“We went down the year before, so it was almost a fantastic achievement no matter what happened.

“And again, I managed to get rid of the disappointment quite quickly.

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“What I did want to do was built then and make sure we built on that achievement, which we did with the promotion.

“I think a few years older now in management and the prize of the championship is such a phenomenal prize.

“I really want this one.

"I really do.”

Wycombe will travel to Wembley Stadium on Monday evening to face Oxford United in an M40 Derby with the biggest of prizes.