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Northampton Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

A fantastic Scott Kashket strike was enough for Wycombe Wanderers to open this seasons Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a win and bank a useful £10k in prize money.

The Chairboys utilised their favoured 4-3-3 formation and made ten changes in what was an incredibly attacking line up. L2 Northampton were a poor opposition in the first half and Wycombe played some decent stuff with Sam Saunders orchestrating proceedings.

As expected, the Cobblers came out in the second half with a different approach and made it more of a game but rarely troubled the Wycombe back line.

After the final whistle, I spoke with the Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:

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The Little & Large Show Is Back

The Chairboys defeat against Bristol Rovers at Adams Park gave the home fans very little to cheer about after the Gas dominated large parts of the game and they deservedly took the three points.

However, the introduction of Scott Kashket as a second half substitute led to Wycombe making a real game of it in the closing stages.

The diminutive striker scored his first goal of the season late on after a knock down from the talismanic Adebayo Akinfenwa. It was a familiar sight from two seasons ago when Kashket and Akinfenwa were the scourge of League Two defences and Wanderers fans will be praying that Scott can stay fit and firing alongside The Beast.

After the game, I spoke with Kashket about his goal, fitness and his Panenka penalty against Northampton Town in the League Cup:

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Striking fear into League One defences

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Chairboys Sneak Through On Penalties

Wycombe Wanderers snuck past League 2 Northampton Town 7-6 on penalties to progress into the second round of the League Cup for the first time in seven years.

The match was tied at 1-1 after 90 very entertaining minutes in which the Chairboys looked to be fluffing their lines in front of goal again. The breakthrough came ten minutes into the second half with a well worked move being emphatically headed home by Randell Williams and the home side visibly grew in confidence.

However, The Cobblers stuck to their guns and forced their way back into the tie with a late leveller from substitute Sam Hoskins which came shortly after Wycombe goalkeeper, Yves Ma-Kalambay, had saved a penalty.

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The big keeper was the hero again in the shoot out, keeping out Jordan Turnbulls penalty  which allowed Adam El-Abd to slam home the winner in front of a sparse Adams Park crowd.

After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

If, like Gareth, you would like to know who Wycombe could face in the second round, here are the numbers for the Southern section of the draw which takes place on Thursday evening.

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I Believe In Fairytales Too

It’s almost impossible to believe that it was just one year ago since ‘The Great Escape’. My memories of the day in Torquay are a bit fuzzy. I’d been DJing in London the night before and got home at 4am, but felt so odd about the game I didn’t sleep a wink and arrived at Plainmoor driven by nervous energy and adrenalin (and some fish & chips). History was made and I’m pretty sure I could have run all the way back to London afterwards. That day has certainly been the catalyst in reviving the club’s fortunes. And now we all find ourselves on the eve of another potentially monumental day in the history of Wycombe Wanderers. Whatever happens against Northampton Town, at Prenton Park and The Globe Arena, this season has already been a fairytale in itself. When the final whistle blew against Morecambe and the other results were confirmed, I must admit to having a pang of disappointment to see The Chairboys cruelly slip out of the top three for the first time since September. However, two short post match interviews with Gareth Ainsworth later and the realisation of just how far the whole club has come in the last twelve months sunk in. He is a truly inspirational bloke, even when the dice was heavily loaded against him whilst having to learn the harsh lessons of management under the microscope of a relegation battle, Gareth remained positive. So can lightening strike twice? History dictates that you would be unwise to bet against it. Even if automatic promotion is a fairytale too far, the safety net of the play-offs is a touch more comforting than the Vanarama Conference and financial oblivion. Here are the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, talking to me for BBC3CR ahead of the game… For mobile & tablet version click here I also spoke with Matt Ingram… For mobile & tablet version click here Also, to get some insight into the camp of Southend United as they are in the box seat going into the final day, I spoke with my good friend and journalist, Brian Jeeves. For mobile & tablet version click here For those of you who didn’t get a ticket or will not be on the hill at Sixfields tomorrow, the game will be live on BBC Three Counties 98FM and on Chairboys Player around the world with myself and Scotty. #COYB!

JUST five minutes to go... Imagine going into injury time back in the top three against Northampton...!

JUST five minutes to go… Imagine going into injury time back in the top three against Northampton…!

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Wycombe Wanderers 1 Northampton Town 1

Amongst a massive outbreak of ‘handbags‘ yesterday at Adams Park, a game of football took place and finished honours even. Aaron Holloway’s well taken injury time header extended The Chairboys unbeaten run to eight games and what a way to score your first league goal. More plaudits should be given to Gareth Ainsworth for giving this discarded rough diamond a chance, if Aaron can achieve full fitness he could be real threat in League Two.

Most people knew what to expect from a Chris Wilder side and the Cobblers manager got his tactics spot on. Paul Hayes has been the fulcrum of Wycombe’s attacking play and Ricky Ravenhill was deployed in front of the back four to shut this supply line down. The Chairboys skipper has been excellently dropping off in the space between the defence and midfield, holding the ball up and bringing in other players. By squeezing that space in the middle, Northampton blunted Wycombe’s attack whilst nicking a goal of their own through the impressive Ryan Cresswell, shortly after D’ath had missed a glorious chance.

The Chairboys appeared in the second half visibly energised by the gaffers half time talk and with Northampton sitting back Wycombe edged the second half. The introduction of Aaron Holloway for the subdued Matt McClure on sixty four minutes added to the pressure on the visitors. Ten minutes from time, Northampton were rescued by the linesman’s flag which was waved correctly for offside after Paul Hayes had nodded in a rebound from close range. This incident really lit the blue touch paper on an already feisty match which the referee never had control of. The dismissal of Gregor Robertson for a second yellow, punishing supposed time wasting, was harsh as the full back was waiting for a substitution to be made. It summed up the referees afternoon as he had been far too lenient and got the card out at the wrong moment. The home side grabbed the initiative and Jordan Archers excellent save from a Sam Wood shot gave Holloway his chance to shine from the corner.

I don’t like to talk about referees. It’s a tough job and I wouldn’t fancy having a go at it, but yesterday Pat Miller had a bad day at the office. His afternoon could have been made a lot easier had he grasped control of the game in the first half. A glaring example was the Cobblers forward Ivan Toney who littered his display with persistent fouls and kicking the ball away after the whistle. He wasn’t booked until ten minutes from time. The over zealous celebrations at the end sparked a melee which resulted in the comedic site of poor Pat waving his yellow card around at will, albeit about seventy minutes too late.

A point earned for Wycombe and a fair result on reflection. The team spirit was there for all to see at Adams Park and it is this that will stand them in good stead as the long winter approaches.

For my post match interview with Gareth Ainsworth click here

Here are the commentary highlights from Bill Turnbull and myself. Many thanks to Keith Cummings for the audio.

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A walk on the wild side…

The Cobblers are coming to town, complete with their title of current top scorers in the division. They will be pitching up against the tightest defence in the whole of the Football League so it should be an intriguing afternoon. One thing is for sure, the game will be played in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the match between the two sides last Easter.

Here are the pre match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth

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This week, the most excellent We Are Going Up podcast featured teams that are exceeding expectations so far this season. Here they are speaking to me about the excellent start for The Chairboys…

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Bill Turnbull will be joining us on Chairboys Player from 2.55pm and there will be team news and reports on BBC Three Counties from 2pm as usual. COYB!

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