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Shut the window! It’s cold outside…

The worst fears of Wycombe Wanderers fans have been realised with the sale of Josh Scowen, arguably the clubs best player, to Barnsley. January was always going to be a defining month for the club and the news from chairman Andrew Howard that the money received for the tigerish midfielder will “more than cover the losses” from the departure of Wasps (£229k), will certainly make next season a smoother prospect. Unless you have been in a coma since June, you will be more than aware that the club’s aim this season was League Two survival whilst steps were made to sort the finances out. Wasps have gone and the crowds are beginning to creep up at Adams Park. Not even the most optimistic fan would have predicted that the Chairboys would be top of the table in January and playing some of their best football for a good few years. It’s this situation that will no doubt make the sale of Scowen a contentious topic amongst the Chairboys’ faithful. On paper it looks a strange move for the player, with Barnsley delicately positioned in a congested League One mid table. From Wycombe’s perspective it is a bit more understandable, with Scowen being out of contract in the Summer. Having rebuffed offers to extend his contract at Wycombe, selling now avoids the need for the lottery of a tribunal and the income can be put to work behind the scenes. The player will have needed to agree this move though and will now be plying his trade at a higher level. No doubt that there will be fans who would have liked to see Scowen stay and potentially be in League One with Wycombe Wanderers next season. On the other hand, there will also be those that agree with the stance of sticking to the two year plan and paving the way to a full recovery.

Josh Scowen on his way to celebrate his first Wycombe Wanderers goal with Richard Dobson.

Josh Scowen on his way to celebrate his first Wycombe Wanderers goal with Richard Dobson.

After the impressive win over York, many were sharing the belief of former player Keith Scott that Wycombe could go on and win the title. Losing Scowen is a huge blow to this endeavour as I think he has been the heart beat of the Chairboys so far this season. His ability to read the game and protect the back four has allowed Gareth Ainsworth to commit to a more attacking style of play which has produced great results. In fact, it was in Ainsworth’s first game in charge, a dismal three nil defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge, that Scowen first shone after being recalled early from a Gary Waddock inspired loan spell at Eastbourne Borough. Encouragingly, it appears that Ainsworth was expecting the news as Marcus Bean looks a more than likely candidate to replace Scowen in the midfield holding role. Again credit must be extended to Ainsworth and especially to Richard Dobson for assisting Josh Scowen in becoming an excellent footballer. A quiet lad, never one for interviews, but a player I enjoyed watching develop and play enormously. All the best Josh. Football remains a team game though and Wycombe fans can travel to Bury safe in the knowledge that the back five remains intact whilst the likes of Hayes, Murphy and Onyedinma et al are still present. Here are the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth ahead of the trip to Bury (pre Scowen departure) For mobile & tablet version click here

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Wycombe Wanderers 0 Bury 0

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.

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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.     

 

           

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