‘We don’t want to end up in a relegation battle’ – Ainsworth
Boss fears for club after poor run of results
GARETH Ainsworth fears a relegation battle could be on the cards if his Wycombe Wanderers side do not shape up soon.
The Chairboys slipped to thirdbottom in League Two, with only one win from their opening six league games, following Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing at Luton Town.
And while manager Ainsworth is confident it will be a different story when long-term absentees like Luke O’Nien, Myles Weston and Joe Jacobson return, he wants to ensure it will not be too late by then.
Ainsworth said: “For some crazy reason, I’m more positive than I was after the Colchester game, because against Colchester we played really poor and didn’t create, but (against Luton) we had spells when we kept the ball well and had chances.
“But I’m also realistic that we’re going to be in a battle now to get into the middle of the league for December/January time when all the big players come back, because we can’t let it slip away. We can’t be adrift or be in some sort of relegation battle that nobody expected.
“I’ve told the lads to forget about looking up the league, we’ve got to sort ourselves out at the other end of the table as we don’t want to end up in a relegation battle. We need to start getting some points on the board and get our heads above water.
“It’s not like we’re in trouble with only a few games to go.
“There’s only six games gone, but we need to make sure we’re in the middle of the table and not in a relegation battle come the second half of the season if we want to be in that top half.
“We get some big names back in January who will be like new signings, but we’ve got to give them a platform. I want us to be picking up points in the right places because in the second half of the season we’ll have a real good squad.
“I’m not worried, just realistic. It was not a nice day for us and those fans who travelled, but there’s no doom and gloom as we’ve been in worse situations than this. It will get worse before it gets better because of the long-term injuries we are carrying.”
Jacobson is the most recent addition to the injured list and Ainsworth revealed he tried and failed to get a replacement left- back in before the transfer window closed. Sido Jombati has been filling in, but it is not his strongest position, and Ainsworth may even go doen the route of looking at out of contract players.
He added: “Losing JJ will hit us more than people think. I tried to get a left-back in on deadline day but couldn’t. You can still get noncontract ones in so we’re having to look down that route now.”
Drubbing: (Above) Luton’s Danny Hylton celebrated; (left) Matt Bloomfield scores for Wycombe against Luton