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Sunderland 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

A late Josh Maja leveller denied Wycombe Wanderers a famous victory over Sunderland at The Stadium Of Light.

The Chairboys had taken the lead through Fred Onyedinma on 66 minutes after weathering an early second half onslaught of corners from the hosts.

Despite conceding on 83 minutes, a draw was an excellent result for Wycombe against a Sunderland side who were playing in the Premier League just two seasons ago.

After the game, I spoke to a delighted and rather hoarse Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth on BBC Three Counties Radio:

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“What you up to next week?”

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Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 Rochdale

Wycombe Wanderers came out on top of an excellent encounter against Rochdale to make it a two wins in a week at Adams Park.

A long range Bryn Morris free-kick deceived Brendan Moore in the Dale goal to give the Chairboys the lead on ten minutes and the home side were on top for the rest of the half.

Rochdale were much improved after the break and dominated possession but the Wanderers defended resolutely and scored again themselves with a trademark goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa on 66 minutes.

With the pressure lifted, Wycombe kept pressing and Fred Onyedinma powered home a header on 72 minutes for his second goal in as many games to complete the scoring.

A third home win on the spin and a clean sheet against an attack minded Rochdale, who had scored in their previous 13 away games, gives the Wanderers a spring in their step as they head to Walsall in EFL1 this Saturday.

After the game I spoke to the Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth on BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Two goals in two games for Fred


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Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Scunthorpe United

Wycombe Wanderers fought back from 2-0 down against Scunthorpe United to win their second successive home game in EFL1.

The Chairboys were facing a mountain to climb after just seven minutes as The Iron waltzed into a two goal lead but goals from Dominic Gape and Fred Onyedinma set the game up for a thrilling conclusion.

A home victory had looked unlikely after Chairboys goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was shown a straight red card for scything down Ike Ugbo, a foul which the referee judged to be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. However, the experienced Wanderers striker Craig Mackail-Smith capitalised on a defensive error by The Iron’s skipper Rory McArdle to calmly take all three points in injury time.

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


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Ainsworth Pre Luton Town

I caught up with Gareth Ainsworth ahead of the Luton Town game at Adams Park. It’s been a busy week and we spoke about The Hatters, set pieces, Fred Onyedinma, Charlie Fox and the Carabao Cup draw:


Can Ainsworth secure a first ever Wycombe win over Luton at Adams Park? 

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Wycombe Wanderers 2 Oxford United 3

In front of a bumper holiday crowd, Wycombe Wanderers were undone by an impressive performance by Oxford United. Gareth Ainsworth kept the same formation that he had effectively employed in the last five games, with only one personnel change in that run (McClure for Onyedinma vs Dagenham & Redbridge) it certainly is a settled side.

Credit must be extended to Michael Appleton for the manner in which Oxford attacked Wycombe in the first half as it was a game plan that was clearly designed to exploit the offensive set up of the home side. With the effectively rotund Patrick Hoban dropping deep to create the extra man in midfield, possession was soon switched to the flanks where Kemar Roofe and Danny Rose were able to get at the Wycombe full backs. It was the wide pair that did the damage in the first half, both setting up and scoring a goal each whilst the Chairboys struggled to find a footing in the game.

Wycombe looked a much better side after the break and they pulled a goal back on forty-eight minutes with Paul Hayes forcing the ball over the line after an impressive knock down from Alfie Mawson. A concerted period of possession followed for the home side but they did not really trouble Ryan Clarke in the visitors goal and it was Oxford who scored the next goal. Rose was the architect again, assisted by a back from the dead Hylton, and Roofe was left with a simple chance which he calmly slotted past Matt Ingram on the hour mark.

Gareth Ainsworth responded by making a double substitution with Aaron Holloway and Peter Murphy coming on in place of Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood. Hogan Ephraim followed shortly afterwards in place of Sam Saunders and to the Wanderers credit, they ran themselves into the ground in their pursuit for a way back into the game. A glimmer of hope arrived on eighty-nine minutes when Holloway slid home Onyedinma’s cross but even though six minutes was allotted for injury time the equalizer never materialised.

For the post match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth click here

So the eight game unbeaten run has come to an end. On the whole it has been a wonderfully entertaining period of the season with thirty-two goals (eighteen for and fourteen against) coming since the last defeat against Newport County. With the promotion target set and the fear of relegation banished, Gareth has set up the team to attack which is why the defence is more porous. The team deserve great credit for where they find themselves at this stage of the season. The only cloud in the sky currently is that Wycombe have only won once at home in seven attempts. Much has been made of the concrete state of the pitch and how it contributes to poor performances at Adams Park. The stats and away performances back this up and hopefully enough money is generated through the share scheme to invest in the pitch. Invest is the key word because if Wycombe can bring their away form to Adams Park on a regular basis then a significant rise in attendances will surely follow.

I will no doubt see some of you at Burton on Monday, have a safe journey up. If you are not making the trip then the game will be live on BBC Three Counties 98FM, 104.5FM and on Chairboys Player.


My occasional partner in crime on the commentaries, Keith Scott, is cycling from London to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. It’s a great cause and one close to Scotty’s heart so if you can, please sponsor him here


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A deflected Alfie Mawson effort secured a point against a dogged Accrington Stanley as the Chairboys extended their unbeaten run to six games. It’s been an entertaining passage of matches too with no less than three action packed ‘two two’ draws achieved with Gareth Ainsworth throwing off the shackles and going on the attack.

Four days earlier, the line up against Shrewsbury on paper looked to be very attack minded, even with the last minute change of Sam Saunders coming in for Hogan Ephraim. As a result, Sam Wood was pushed into the front three with Saunders taking on the advanced central midfield position to occupy Shrewsbury’s play-maker Michael Woods. With the Wycombe number eleven being earmarked with this vital role in training all week, the last gasp switch would have unsettled most teams. However, it took just thirty-nine seconds for Wood to score what turned out to be the winner whilst Saunders turned in a man of the match performance.

The Wycombe manager won the tactical battle all ends up. The formation, coupled with the effort and aggression that has always been there under Ainsworth, stopped Shrewsbury from playing their game as all they could offer were aimless long balls forward. Visiting manager Micky Mellon tried to stem the tide with a triple substitution and change from 3-5-2 to a diamond 4-4-2. For ten minutes they edged back into the game but they still didn’t lay a glove on the Chairboys. Ainsworth reacted by matching Shrewsbury’s new formation and introduced Aaron Holloway into the action. Connor Goldson looked pleased to see the back of Fred Onyedinma, who had not given the centre back a moments respite, but Holloway just changed the method of grief by holding the ball up and providing an aerial threat. It was the young Welshman’s finest appearance in the quarters and he was dreadfully unlucky not to score a goal that would have been talked about for years. Spinning off his man and heading infield, Holloway nonchalantly stroked the ball with his ‘wrong’ foot from twenty yards only to see it crash off the underside of the bar and out. Wycombe held on comfortably and the promotion buzz was palpable in the bar afterwards. Magnificent!

Here are the commentary highlights of the Shrewsbury game with myself and Will Vince. many thanks to keith Cummings for the audio.

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Given the nature of the performance and the well documented size of Wycombe’s squad, Ainsworth unsurprisingly named an unchanged team against Accrington Stanley. Although they were not as swashbuckling as the previous game, it looked to be working against another back three. Sam Wood popped up to finish off a concerted period of pressure with his second headed goal in as many games on the half hour. This prompted Stanley manager John Coleman to swap Dean Winnard into midfield with the giraffe like Matty Crooks slotting into the back three in an attempt to halt the home side. It stabilised the visitors who fired a few warning crosses into the Chairboys penalty area before Piero Mingoia slid the ball invitingly into the path of Terry Gornell, who equalised from close range on the stroke of half time.

The Chairboys looked leggy in the second half but still nearly took the lead on fifty-five minutes through a wonderful Saunders free kick. Somehow the ball came off the post and across the face of goal before going out. Five minutes later it looked as though Wycombe’s luck was out with the impressive Mingoia rifling the ball into the top corner from eighteen yards. Holloway was introduced again but for ten minutes Wycombe offered little threat until Alfie Mawson picked up a loose ball from a free kick into the box and found the equaliser for the second time in three games. Despite a lot of huff and puff, Saturdays herculean efforts appeared to catch up with the Chairboys and a winner could not be found.

This is how close Sam Saunders was to scoring his first goal for Wycombe.

This is how close Sam Saunders was to scoring his first goal for Wycombe.

For the post match thoughts of Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth, talking to me on BBC Three Counties, click here  

A special mention must be afforded to Mike Newell for his tremendously angry second half cameo on the touchline against Accrington Stanley. With finger pointing in all directions it was vitriol at its very best and a real pleasure to watch. He seemed fine in the tunnel afterwards, even breaking into a smile at the sight of my hat. I googled Newell when I got home and discovered that he held the record for the fastest Champions League hat-trick, nine minutes for Blackburn Rovers against Rosenborg BK. Sadly for Mike, this record was taken by Bafétimbi Gomis, then of Lyon, who netted three times in seven minutes in 2011/12. You learn something everyday…

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Carlisle United 2 Wycombe Wanderers 3

Wycombe Wanderers got back to winning ways at Brunton Park after a nightmare journey to Carlisle the day before.

Commentary highlights

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Paul Hayes post match interview

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Post match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth

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