After a lengthy hiatus, caused mainly by the day job and moving house twice, this blog is back to once again pollute the world wide web.
With Wembley heart ache banished by some excellent early results, hopes and expectations remain high in South Bucks. However, the upcoming run of fixtures, starting with a visit to top of the table Leyton Orient, will be the real litmus test on how Gareth Ainsworth’s small squad will fare this season. Injuries have come early this time around, but encouragingly, the results and performances seem to remain consistent. Even in defeat against an impressive Plymouth Argyle, The Chairboys performance was good and on another day they would have taken something from the game.
After a very bizarre season which ended in relegation from League One, Leyton Orient appear to have found some stability under the steady hand of Ian Hendon. They currently lead the way in League Two after winning their opening five games of the season and Gareth Ainsworth has described the game as ‘David vs Goliath’.
Here is my pre match interview with Gareth for BBC Three Counties…
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In fifteen competitive meetings between the two clubs, there has never been a draw. The Os are yet to concede a goal at home, whilst the Chairboys backline has not been breached on the road. What price a history making 0-0? (8-1 on Paddy Power). However, before you start mentally spending your winnings, it’s probably worth taking note that Orient have scored in the last eight league meetings against Wycombe. Betting eh? It’s a mugs game kids.
The main dangerman for Orient is the wide man Dean ‘Tiny’ Cox, who is playing in a more central position so far this season, but to great effect. Sean Clohessy getting forward from right back is providing most of the crosses, aimed towards the on song Jay Simpson, who plays the ‘little man’ to the ‘good touch for a big man’ Paul McCallum. Striker Ollie Palmer is pushing for a game and has already notched up two Football League goals against the Chairboys, all be it from a combined distance of eleven inches. They all count though, and Wycombe new boy, Gozie Ugwu will happily snap up a tap in to get himself up and running in the Quarters following an all action debut last Saturday.
A bit like my front room currently, this tie has nothing in it and is a tough one to call. If you are heading to East London tomorrow then have a safe journey. If you can’t make it then you can join us live on Chairboys Player, where myself and Will Vince will be providing full match commentary from 2.55pm