Gareth Ainsworth is expecting a tough battle when his former teammate Gary Rowett arrives at Adams Park on Saturday with his Millwall side.

The Wycombe manager was a teammate of Rowett when the two men played for Cambridge United in the 1992/93 in the old Second Division.

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Ainsworth only spent one season with United, scoring one goal in five matches whilst his counterpart scored 13 goals in 82 games across three seasons.

And despite looking forward to meeting the former Stoke City, Birmingham City, Derby County and Burton Albion manager, he knows that his old pal will try and inflict Wycombe’s fifth straight league defeat.

Speaking ahead of the clash against Millwall, Ainsworth said: “They’re a very organised team - Gary knows what he is doing.

“We played together in the 1990s so he’s a good friend and I’m sure he will be wanting all three points as well, so we have to make sure we are up for this one.

“The lads will be - it is just getting the bit of luck we need, getting the injuries back and the spirit we have.”

It has been a difficult start to life in the second tier for Wanderers, losing all four matches and failing to score a goal, but Ainsworth is hoping to channel the spirit of another former Rowett side, Burton Albion, in order to survive this season.

Rowett managed the Brewers from 2012 to 2014, but former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest star Nigel Clough lead the Midlands side to the Championship for the first time in 2016.

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He continued: “We’re the tiniest club in the Championship by a mile and probably the tiniest one for quite some time.

“Us and Burton, and Burton managed to survive one season and we’ve got no reason why we can’t as well.

“It is a tough league and the money seems to get stronger and stronger so we’ll make sure we are competitive but at the end of the day, the experience and togetherness of the boys are very important.

“I want to make sure we keep fighting and scrapping and if we do lose a game it won’t be for our lack of effort.”

With the previous two weeks being the international break, the gaffer had a chance to fully assess his squad and work on the training pitch before a packed four-week period with seven matches.

He added: “We just need to make sure we have more cutting edge going forward and make the chances count when we get them.

“It’s a results based game.

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“I need results and want results and want wins, and anyway we can get one would help but we’ve been working hard on how we do things and we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“We’ve got a big fixture list, four weeks of seven games which is crazy and we’ve got to make sure we are competitive in everyone.”