As goalless draws go, that was a pretty good one and once again I was impressed by the overall team display of The Chairboys, who are undeniably a much tighter unit than last seasons squad. Bury came into the match as one of the fancied teams in the division, backed by some financial muscle and a well respected young manager in David Flitcroft. Also, with quality players like Danny Mayor, Danny Rose and Ryan Lowe in the starting line up, this was a real test of Wycombe’s credentials.
It was an entertaining game first half which saw Wycombe not converting their chances and they should really have gone into the break ahead. For the first time this season Peter Murphy fluffed his lines in front of goal after some excellent build up play and Paris Cowan-Hall will be disappointed to not even test the keeper after being put through early on. When Bury goalkeeper (and Gareth from The Office lookalike) Rob Lainton was called into action he was up to the task but the Adams Park faithful would have been buoyed by an excellent first half display where chances were being created.
The second half was a disjointed affair which contained an eleven minute stoppage after a nasty looking fall by Stevie Craig. The Shakers had a brief purple patch but the Wycombe defence stood firm and should have taken the points near the end after an incredible goalmouth scramble involving the bar and Lainton. A point was a good result though and it again shows how far the team have come under Gareth Ainsworth from last season.
The back five look an excellent unit and are currently conceding less than a goal a game in all competitions. It’s great to see that they are all ever present after eight games. Compared to the same amount of matches into last season, Wycombe had used five different combinations of players across the back four alone due to rotation and suspension. Both Mawson and Pierre are able to play two games a week regularly and the discipline issues from last season are yet to appear this time out. With Danny Rowe currently adding more effective protection in the unspectacular holding role in central midfield, Wycombe look a tough prospect to beat as it stands. As the table begins to take shape, the signs of avoiding a repeat of last season are already encouraging. If Gareth can build on this solid foundation and develop a ruthless streak in the attacking play then the fans may even begin to dare to dream…
For the post match interviews of both managers click here.
For the last two home games we’ve enjoyed the company of former Wycombe Wanderers striker Keith Scott as our expert summariser on BBC3CR. I really enjoy being alongside former players in the commentary box as they often see the game and incidents from a different perspective to me, adding valuable insight along the way.
Many thanks to a listener from Luton, who pointed out on twitter that Scotty has more than a passing resemblance to Bobby Davro. A tremendous spot.
Keith will be back in the summarisers chair for the away trip to Portsmouth so tune in to BBC3CR or Chairboys Player if you aren’t making the journey to Fratton Park.