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Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth eyes promotion

17 February 2015

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has confirmed his team are targeting promotion from Sky Bet League 2, after exceeding expectations so far.

The Chairboys survived relegation out of The Football League on the final day of last season but have turned their fortunes around this term under the guidance of Ainsworth, sitting third after 31 matches.

And the Wycombe chief confirmed his side have now set their sights on promotion to Sky Bet League 1.

He told “Whilst we have surprised many people this season, we strongly believed that investing time in the squad would give us the chance to unlock some great potential.

“The depth of commitment has resulted in a resilience that has helped turn the club around from surviving on the last day of last season to becoming genuine promotion contenders.

“By achieving League 2 security, the lads have earned the right to have a real shot at promotion. Whilst the club’s financial security is top of the agenda, risks on the playing field can now be taken.”

Ainsworth's men have slipped up in their last two matches, losing to Plymouth Argyle and Newport County, but they were unbeaten over their 12 games prior to that, and sat at the summit of the division until late January.

Club chairman Andrew Howard backed Ainsworth's comments, and praised the work of the former midfielder.

Howard said: “Gareth and his team have done an incredible job at pulling together such a close-knit and competitive group of players.

“The aim was always survival, but the camaraderie and passion shown by everyone means we can now realistically push on to higher things.”

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