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Grimsby v Wycombe

By: Alex Green
Date: 14/04/2008

TOWN face a Wycombe side more then certain of a play-off place while Grimsby fans are more then certainly bored already.

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The Opposition

Overview

Wycombe are yet again play-off contenders and are looking to face whichever team fails to reach the automatic promotion places. As always there is a word of warning for the Chairboys and they can never have an easy season with Chesterfield close on their heels and a downturn in their recent form. Failure to get three points with their game in hand can mean a nip and tuck final few games. Other then that the Adams Park co-inhabitants have been in the top spots throughout the majority of the season and their consistent performance will make them one of the favourites for finally been promoted out of the league. The former Livingston manager Paul Lambert has built a strong and solid squad which has been consistent throughout the season but could yet again fall just short.

The Team
Their have been some great players that have played in this little piece of footballing paradise: Nathan Tyson, Jason Scotland and Tom Mooney have all played here and with Tyson and Mooney recently leaving. Lambert has tried to focus on tried and tested men to include for this season with the signings of former Birmingham midfielder Tom Williams and midfielder Martin Bullock (left) formerly of Blackpool and Barnsley both have over 400 league games experience between them and have an impressive past of being powerful midfielders. Wycombe have always had an eye for a striker with previously mentioned Nathan Tyson grabbing all the headlines in a catastrophic season for Wycombe which many Wycombe fan and player would not want reminding of for many reasons. A team like this was always going to take time to gel but surprisingly for many they hit it off straight away it’s just whether or not the team has the legs to finish the job off.

Key Player
Scott McGleish. He was the one to watch last time and with good reason scoring 2 against us in our 3-0 defeat in October and with 24 goals in 42 games his impressive stats are a real worry to our team, let's just hope they're interested this time. Has been around a bit now not unlike many of Wycombe’s squad the former Charlton player has played over 450 league games and even at the ripe age of 33 it doesn't seem to have dampened his eye for goal. Leading scorer already this season for the Chairboys McGleish has been able to pass on his experience to the likes of Easter and fellow youngsters at Adams Park. The striker may have lost some of the pace which decimated the lower league defenders while a forward at Barnet but McGleish has acquired that extra yard most pundits babble on about with a player reaching the end of his career.

Recent Form

TownWycombe
LRotherham(h)0-1
LRochdale(a)1-3
LMK Dons(w)0-2
LBrentford(h)1-2
WMansfield(a)2-1
Currently 13th in League Two.
DMK Dons(a)2-2
DPeterborough(h)2-2
DStockport(h)0-0
WMorecambe(a)1-0
LHereford(a)0-1
Currently 7th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownWycombe
Danny North10
Danny Boshell7
McGleish24
Sutton6

Team News

TownWycombe

  • Paul Bolland and Rob Atkinson are both available after recovering from injuries, and face late fitness tests to see if they can play.

  • Ryan Bennett is away with the England U-18 side. Justin Whittle could feature in his absence.

  • Gary Jones will miss out as he is awaiting surgery for an ankle operation.

  • Nathan Jarman's one match ban has been served.
  • Leon Knight's suspension does not take place until after the Town game.

  • Wycombe are therefore expected to name an unchanged side
  • Probable Teams

    TownWycombe
    G1Barnes
    D24Atkinson
    D6Fenton
    D3Newey
    M2Clarke
    M10Toner
    M11Boshell
    M8Bolland
    M17Hegarty
    F7Till
    F23Butler
    G34Fielding
    D18Woodman
    D6Williamson
    D20Johnson
    D4Martin
    M8Oakes
    M15Holt
    M35Doherty
    M22Torres
    F9Knight
    F17McGleish

    Subs

    TownWycombe
    13Montgomery
    22Bird
    18Bore
    20Taylor
    19Jarman
    25Herd
    TBAFacey
    19Young
    7McCracken
    16Sutton

    Head to Head

    Wycombe are the ultimate Bogey side. Town have only beaten them once in 13 games.

    P 13 W 1 D 6 L6 F11 A 22

    Wycombe Head-to-Head (103rd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Wycombe 3 Grimsby 0 (Sat 20th October 2007)

    Probably the lowest point of the season as Town were stuffed and Buckley did well to keep his job the next day.

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    Prediction

    Grimsby Town 0-2 Wycombe

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