News – UK – “We were torn up by one of the best strikers in the league”: Ainsworth talks about the youth club


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Gareth Ainsworth is hoping for a better result this weekend against his youth club Blackburn Rovers after losing 5-0 in the second leg last September

The Wycombe boss admitted he was a season ticket holder at Ewood Park as an adult and was in Blackburn’s books as a youth team player before turning 18 Birthday was released

His return to Ewood Park as manager also didn’t go according to plan, but the Wycombe boss admitted the game had taught him the championship challenges

Some fans were surprised at how openly the Chairboys decided to play against Rovers, but Ainsworth admitted that wasn’t the game plan

He also praised Adam Armstrong, who has scored 19 goals this season, as one of the division’s top strikers

The Wycombe boss said, “Believe me, we didn’t set up for the opening at Ewood Park, we were picked up by one of the best strikers in the league in Adam Armstrong

“It taught us that we need to strengthen the squad and also change the way we approach games

“It showed the strength of the championship and why it is so valued around the world

“Blackburn is my club, the club I support and the club that got me into football

“I wouldn’t be here without Blackburn Rovers It was the club I followed as a kid ”

With Wycombe hosting the second leg at Adams Park tomorrow morning, Ainsworth has not shied away from what the game means to him personally

He continued, “It is a real honor to host my hometown club, the club I have supported all my life, and I will continue to support it forever

“It’s great to have her at Adams Park and it’s a football game that I want to win first and foremost

“Maybe one day I can look back and think that getting Blackburn in Adams Park wasn’t that bad”

Rovers started the season optimistically, aiming for a play-off push, but were stranded in midfield

Ainsworth believes this is due to the injury problems the club have faced and was full of praise for Tony Mowbray for interviewing him over the past few weeks

He said: “They had key injuries and with the center-back pairing earlier in the season

“I think Tony is a fantastic manager, a really good person, and we had some really good chats

“He’s someone I admire in the game because he went out of his way to really get through on the levels he did

“I think he’s great so it’s probably just a bit of bad luck with the injuries”

Ainsworth also discussed the league’s finances, believing that even Blackburn’s budget was struggling to keep up with the top financiers, let alone the chairboys

He continued, “Blackburn is probably still considered one of the top clubs in the championship, but it really isn’t anymore

“We were ahead of the curve financially with Jack Walker’s money in the early 90s, and I think it now probably shows how much money is actually talking

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“It’s crazy to think that Blackburn is one of the smaller clubs in the championship It’s a small town with a great football history, but I think even they are dealing with the money that is being pumped out elsewhere

“Some club budgets are just huge and they’re doing well and they want to go back to the Premier League, but Blackburn can’t keep up with that kind of funding

“And Wycombe cannot compete with anything near Blackburn So far are the levels in this division ”

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News – GB – “We were torn up by one of the best strikers in the league”: Ainsworth talks about the youth club