Old Dons in league clash
WYCOMBE Wanderers plan to make life a misery for the manager who helped save their league lives, writes Paul Warburton.
Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth admits he owes a massive debt to Neal Ardley (pictured) – but payback is going to have to wait until 5pm Saturday after the clash with AFC Wimbledon.
Ainsworth revealed his pal, from the days when both were at the old Wimbledon together, went out of his way to call him on the morning of the most vital game in Blues memory last season.
Just before Wycombe set off on their mammoth quest to Torquay, Ardley shared his experience from the season before when Dons also survived the final day.
“He’s a really good friend,” Ainsworth said. “We played together at Wimbledon for four years, and he told me, because he had been there the season before, to keep the emotion out of it.
“But this is a big game and because they beat the league leaders last Saturday I don’t want that twice in a row.
“We’ll have a beer after, but before that we’ll be going as hard as possible to get a win.”
Wycombe go into the game sitting pretty at the top of the League Two table following Saturday’s 3-1 win at Morecambe, thanks to spectacular goals from distance by Sam Wood and Joe Jacobson, plus a Maz Kretzschmar effort.
But they may have to take on the Dons without centre back Aaron Pierre, who picked up a nasty head injury and may have to take an enforced seven-day lay-off under FA rules if it is found he was concussed at any point.