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Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Burton Albion

Wycombe came out on top of a close encounter to secure their first home league win of the season against Burton Albion.

The Chairboys led 2-0 at half-time following a comfortable first 45 minutes which saw a penalty cooly converted by the recalled Joe Jacobson and a trademark finish from Adebayo Akinfenwa, his 200th goal in English football.

Brewers manager Nigel Clough switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the second half, pushing Lucas Akins further forward which resulted in a well worked goal on ’47 minutes for Marvin Sordell. Despite a much improved Burton performance, Wycombe ground out a vital win to move out of the relegation zone whilst leapfrogging their opponents in the table.

After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Fleetwood Town 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

A windy affair ended in a draw at The Highbury Stadium as The Chairboys fought back in the second half.

The hardy Wycombe fans who made the long midweek journey would have been buoyed by the display of the talismanic Adebayo Akinfenwa, who has put his goalscoring drought behind him with three goals in as many games.

After the game I spoke with the Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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The Lowdown On Alex Samuel

Wycombe Wanderers have signed forward Alex Samuel on a six month contract. The 22 year old free agent was released by Stevenage at the end of last season, after making 22 appearances during an injury hit campaign.

Chairboys manger Gareth Ainsworth admitted the low key signing was “unlikely to trouble the Sky Sports ticker tape” but he will be hoping Samuel can replicate the success of Scott Kashket who signed a similar deal at Adams Park in 2016.

So who is Alex Samuel? To find out more about him I spoke to BBC Three Counties summariser for Stevenage, Deano Thompson: 

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Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Blackpool

Wycombe Wanderers got their first point of the season after an entertaining scoreless draw against Blackpool at a sun kissed Adams Park.

The Chairboys had the better of the chances from open play but crucially failed to convert any of them with Paris Cowan-Hall guilty of spurning the best opportunity with two minutes on the clock.

However, it was Blackpool that came closest to breaking the deadlock with an excellent first half free-kick from Chris Taylor that struck the angle of post and bar, with Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop beaten.

Overall, it was a solid performance and a clean sheet for the Chairboys with the only cloud in the clear blue skies being the red card for right back Michael Harriman for two yellow cards, the second of which looked very harsh indeed.

After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth, for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Is Ainsworth heading for the ZZ Top?

Five games to go and Wycombe Wanderers are currently occupying an automatic promotion place. Ahead of the trip to Yeovil, I caught up with Gareth Ainsworth, where amongst other things, we talked about his beard:

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Beard today. Wycombe fans will be hoping it won’t be gone tomorrow

Landing planes in tricky conditions and haunted houses – Luke O’Nien talked me through the recent Chairboys squad development day, plus Harry Kane’s dubious goal and the location of his last away goal:

I also spoke with Marcus Bean about the run in, pep talks for Jabo Ibhere and what could happen if he scores another pivotal goal this season:

If you aren’t making the trip to Huish Park, join me for full match commentary on BBC Three Counties Radio 630/1161MW and on iFollow.

 

 

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Wycombe Wanderers 0 Colchester United 2

A poor second half performance from Wycombe Wanderers saw them succumb to defeat against old rivals Colchester United. An evenly matched first period was certainly one for the defenders with both sets of centre backs dominating in a game of few chances. The best opportunity fell to Aaron Pierre, who headed wide following a peach of a cross from the impressive Danny Rowe. Shortly after this, Garry Thompson was correctly booked for simulation as he looked for a penalty and at half time the match was delicately poised.

The Chairboys continued with their game plan of getting crosses and the ball into the box as often as possible, but they were all met by the flawless centre back pairing of Luke Prosser and Tom Eastman. Just after the hour mark, Colchester displayed their clinical side with Chris Porter prodding the ball home from six yards after good work down the right and side from Sammy Szmodics. And it was Szmodics who sealed the win with a wonderful finish on 81 minutes as Wycombe committed players forward in search of an elusive goal. The first shot on target for the home side finally arrived in injury time, but Dayle Southwell’s shot on the turn drew a fantastic save from Sam Walker.

After the game, I spoke to Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties

The attack has been in need of confidence, pace and quality since February and Gareth looked to address this with the signings he made in the Summer. With the injuries coming thick and fast in the opening stages of the season, it’s the absence of pacey wide men Myles Weston and Paris Cowan-Hall that look to be hurting  Wycombe the most. However, whilst their on pitch reputations had fans salivating at the prospect of exciting attacking football, their respective injury records were always a potential cloud on the horizon.

Ten games into a new season is a fair amount of time to provide an accurate reflection on how a squad is settling down. Wycombe are halfway through this period and have a tough run of fixtures ahead with the fans still sore after a poor finish to the last campaign. As Chairboys manager, Gareth has survived an incredibly sticky situation and also delivered the club’s record points total in the Football League, both achieved in tricky financial conditions. So far, 2016 has been a very poor year in terms of goals scored and he will need to draw on these experiences to turn this around.

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Pirates On The Horizon

The Chairboy’s old friends Bristol Rovers are in town, complete with their new Jordanian owners. Both clubs have come a very long way since the climax of the 2013/14 season, and today meet in much healthier positions in the table. With only one point between the two sides and with Rovers on a three match winning streak against the Wanderers, it should be a tasty affair.

I spoke with Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth in the build up to the game

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I also had a chat with midfielder Sam Wood

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Full match commentary will be on Chairboys Player from 2.55pm, whilst build up, team news, reports and a post match interview with Gareth Ainsworth will be on BBC Three Counties across all their frequencies.

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