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Stevenage FC 0 – 0 Wycombe Wanderers

A fiercely contested match at Broadhall Way failed to produce a goal but it was an entertaining game with both sides creating chances.

The Chairboys thought they had scored in the first half when goalkeeper, Scott Brown, launched a long free kick into the penalty area which somehow eluded Stevenage stopper Joe Fryer, only to be heroically cleared off the line by a heavily bandaged Ron Henry.

Several Wycombe players were convinced the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved play on and the Chairboys finished the half strongly after what had been a slow start to the game.

The second half was dominated by Wycombe, especially after the introduction of Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson, who replaced a quiet Eberechi Eze and an industrious Nick Freeman.

Adebayo Akinfenwa was still not 100 per cent fit but nearly broke the deadlock late in the second half with a clever back header that struck the base of the post.

After the game, I spoke with the Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

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Wycombe Wanderers 3 -1 Leatherhead

An impressive second half performance saw the Chairboys defeat Leatherhead to make the third round of the FA Cup.

After the game I spoke to the Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

 

I also caught up with the evergreen Adebayo Akinfenwa, following an assist and a goal from The Beast:

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Wycombe Wanderers 4 – 0 Crawley Town

A ruthless second half performance from the Chairboys swept aside Crawley Town at a rainy Adams Park.

Eberichi Eze waltzed his way through the Crawley backline shortly after half-time to open the scoring and it was all Wycombe from then on.

Craig Mackail-Smith bagged a wonderful eleven minute hat-trick to complete the scoring and earn him the man of the match award.

I spoke to the striker after the game:

 

I also interviewed Gareth Ainsworth, and the Wycombe Wanderers manager was very happy to see the hard work from training paying off on match day:

On the final whistle, there were heated scenes involving the Crawley Town manager, Harry Kewell, and some of the travelling fans which required the intervention of stewards and some of the players.

The win moves Wycombe up to sixth in the table ahead of the long mid week trip to Accrington Stanley, who currently occupy the final automatic promotion place.

That game will be live on BBC Three Counties 630/1161MW and iFollow with Matt Cecil and Tom Jarvis.

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Martin, Martin, give us a wave!

Last week’s international break has brought about jubilant scenes on the streets of Cairo, Reykjavík and Panama City.

In stark contrast, as Harry Kane sealed England’s World Cup qualification, large swathes of the Wembley crowd were already on their way home, trying to beat the rush for the tube.

It’s all a far cry from Beckham against Greece.

After their routine qualification, made up of insipid performances which failed to banish the memories of THAT defeat to Iceland, I have fallen out of love with the England football team.

However, I enjoyed watching Wales take on the Republic of Ireland in a winner takes all match in Cardiff on Monday.

It looked to be an incredibly even contest with perhaps home territory giving the Welsh an advantage.

Not a bit of it.

As a Wycombe Wanderers fan of a certain age, I knew that there was only ever going to be one winner in this game, and that was Martin O’Neill’s Ireland.

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With a team made up of solid professionals without a superstar amongst them, Ireland negotiated a tricky group to secure a second place play-off spot.

In doing so, they were unbeaten on the road.

Their magnificent team spirit, coupled with O’Neill’s tactical nous and big match mentality, was there for all to see in Cardiff.

Now, I’ve been known to be partial to a pint of Guinness, but even Andy Townsend is significantly more Irish than me.

Nonetheless, I was rooting for the Republic.

I have never met Martin O’Neill, but I can safely say that as a result of his magical spell at Adams Park, I would run through a brick wall for him.

I’d probably even wash his car every Sunday if he asked me to.

I may well have my nostalgic blue quartered glasses firmly on, but has anyone else contemplated what it would be like to have Martin O’Neill as manager of England?

I think he would be the perfect fit.

Throughout his managerial career, O’Neill has seen his teams consistently achieve more than their individual constituent parts would have you believe was possible.

There has been plenty of talk in the media about England not having enough quality players to go far in a major tournament.

I have to disagree.

Denmark and Greece have both won major tournaments, whilst Leicester City stormed their way to the Premier League title.

With belief, a little bit of luck and tactics to suit the players you have at your disposal, the sky is the limit.

Former Chairboy, Keith Scott, who was plucked from the depths of non-league by O’Neill before going onto play in the top flight agrees:

“The gaffer had the ability to make individuals and the team believe that the impossible was possible.”

Gareth Southgate has the impossible job.

He seems like a nice guy and had a fine and distinguished playing career, but since hanging up his boots, Southgate’s record as a manager has been underwhelming.

I truly hope he can prove the doubters wrong and lead England to the latter stages of the World Cup in Russia.

Meanwhile, Ireland will have a tricky play off to contend with before booking any flights, but no one will fancy playing them.

As Martin O’Neill said this week:

“I have always feared teams, it’s the best way to be. And then we go out and beat them.”

Mine’s a Guinness.

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Gareth Ainsworth post Exeter City

Wycombe manager, Gareth Ainsworth, spoke to me on BBC3CR following the 0-0 draw against Exeter City at Adams Park.

 

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“The door is wide open for Aaron Pierre…”

Has Aaron Pierre walked out of the door at Adams Park, and if he has, will he walk back through it to wear the famous quarters of Wycombe Wanderers once more?

The Chairboys manager, Gareth Ainsworth, talks me through all the pre season chat, looking forward to new campaign and the big kick off against Lincoln City.

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The Long & Winding Road

Ah, the end of the football season. A time for reflection on what could have been which will soon melt into the anticipation for it all to kick off again in August.

League 2 has been a funny old division this time around, which was summed up perfectly by the final game of the campaign at Adams Park.
Both Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United had poor starts to the season, but found themselves on the final day with an outside chance of the play offs.
A convincing 1-0 victory was not enough for The Chairboys as the required ‘favours’ elsewhere failed to materialise.
I spoke to an upbeat Gareth Ainsworth, shortly after the final whistle:
An improvement on last season’s league position, points total and goals scored are all positives to take away from a gruelling campaign which also included two significant forays into the cup competitions.
A continuation of the poor form from the end of the 16/17 season saw a slow start to the season which ultimately contributed to Wycombe falling just short of the top seven.
The unbeaten run through the winter months was exhilarating, but the games mounted up and injuries to key players brought about a slump which was arrested in time for a tilt towards the play offs.
I’m doubtless that some will look at the failure to beat Morecambe away or hold on against ten man Cheltenham at home as the reasons why The Chairboys missed out on the play off party.
Quite simply though, the league table doesn’t lie.
As Gareth said on the interview:
“You are where you are after 46 games”.
Tottenham Hotspur away was one of those days that reminds you of what a brilliant (and cruel) game football can be.
The performance of the team with the noise and passion from the fans was absolutely fantastic, whilst the drama on the day was just unbelievable.
Apologies to the people who I made cry with the audio montage of the game afterwards.
Here it is again for those of you who may have found it too painful to listen to at the time:
The trip to White Hart Lane was a real highlight of the season for me but there have been many others along the way too.
It’s a real privilege to be able to help tell the story of Wycombe Wanderers each week and I hope that the rise of the club continues under Gareth Ainsworth.
Thanks to everyone who has tuned in, tweeted, said hello and stopped for a chat, be it at Adams Park or on the road/train.
It’s been a pleasure.
Have a great Summer and, of course, COYB!
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