Gareth Ainsworth believes Wycombe Wanderers finally have real strength in depth for the first time in his four years in charge.
An impressive summer in the transfer market soon had the gloss taken off it with a injury crisis no sooner had the season started, with the Chairboys struggling near the wrong end of the League Two table as a result.
But it's no coincidence that the return to fitness of a whole raft of key players has coincided with a dramatic upturn in form, with an FA Cup win at Portsmouth followed by four league wins in a row, sending Wycombe up into the play-off places.
Ainsworth said: “It's good to see the strength in depth we have for the first time in my tenure really. Sido Jombati scored a fantastic free kick midweek, but Michael Harriman has been in really good form, and Paris Cowan-Hall picked up a knock as well.
“It's easy to forget for most people (that Wycombe were battling at the other end of the table last month), but not me. I still remember at Torquay a few year ago when we nearly went out the league.
“Those scars stay with me, and I learn a lot more from losing and being at the wrong end of the table than I do from winning. It spurs me on to do the best job I possibly can, and to be three points off teams like Portsmouth and Luton, with the resources they have, is a nice place to be.”
Wycombe now take a breather from their impressive league from to visit Chesterfield in the FA Cup on Saturday and Millwall in the EFL Trophy the following Wednesday.
And although they go into both games against League One sides not expected to win, it would be a brave man to bet against Wycombe at the moment.
Ainsworth added: “We now have two weeks of cup games, which will take the focus off the league, and we really are underdogs. But if we play like we did today, we will have a real chance in those games.”