‘We don’t want to end up in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle’ – Ainsworth

Boss fears for club after poor run of re­sults

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

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