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Big Preview: Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United

28 September 2018

Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United...

Tomorrow afternoon sees Blues take on Wycombe Wanderers for the first time since that infamous day in May 2015 when Southend won the League Two Play-Off Final in dramatic fashion.

Plenty of faces will have changed around both clubs since then and one of the new faces will be in the away dugout as Chris Powell looks for his side to build on last weekend’s win against Fleetwood.

Gareth Ainsworth was the opposition manager on that day at Wembley and he remains in charge at Adams Park, helping guide The Chairboys to promotion via the automatic places last season.  

Wycombe haven’t had it all their own way since being promoted, winning just once in the league so far, and they go into tomorrow’s clash off the back of a midweek defeat in the Carabao Cup. 

Wycombe Wanderers: LDWDLW

Southend United: WLLWLW

23rd May 2015: Southend United (Pigott) 1 vs 1 (Bentley OG) Wycombe Wanderers

7th March 2015: Southend United (Corr 2) 2 vs 2 (Craig, Mawson) Wycombe Wanderers

13th December 2014: Wycombe Wanderers (Cowan-Hall, McClure 2, Jacobson) 4 vs 1 (Payne) Southend United

Blues finally welcome back club captain Mark Oxley and midfielder Michael Kightly after both served out their three-match bans last weekend against Fleetwood.

Oxley will go straight back into the side while Kightly may be utilised from the bench, depending on whether Powell wants to stick with the 3-4-1-2 formation that proved a success last Saturday.

Midfielder Dru Yearwood stepped up his recovery from a hamstring problem, playing an hour in a behind closed doors game earlier in the week, meaning he could feature too come 3pm tomorrow. Harry Bunn is also available after his niggle.

Wycombe continue to monitor the recovery of their captain Adam El-Abd. The defender has been missing from The Chairboys’ side now for a number of weeks due to a thigh injury.

Fellow defender Anthony Stewart is also likely to miss out along with striker Nathan Tyson, while summer signing Darius Charles will be looking for his first league start at Adams Park.  

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“They’ve had a few draws, you can see why - Norwich should have been out of sight [on Tuesday] - but one thing Wycombe do have is an abundance of character to stay in the game.

“You can see that Gareth [Ainsworth] had a good career - he’s a real likeable guy and has done terrifically well there.

“They are really ‘Wimbledon-Esq’ in their mindset, their mentality. That spirit drags everyone and they are all in it together - it’s good to see, that kind of togetherness hasn’t gone from the football club.”

Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe Wanderers Manager:

“We’re looking forward to facing Southend who are a dangerous team with a great manager in Chris Powell. Chris is a real good friend and is a very talented manager so we’ll be up against it in that respect but we have got to take spirit from our recent results.

“This game is an exciting one on paper as people will always point to Wembley and this is the first time that we’ve met since then, but it will be the furthest thing from my mind as that is a distant memory.

“We’re League One now and we’re competing against a side that will look to be up there this season and let’s see what we can do.”

Another 400 tickets have arrived and are ON SALE having sold out our initial allocation of  500 unreserved seated tickets in the Lords Builders Merchant Stand.

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office on Friday at 3pm. Tickets will be available to collect from the main ticket office at Roots Hall until this time, after which they will be sent to Wycombe to collect on the day.

The collection point is the blue pod in the car park located next to the club shop.

Ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game. There will be cash turnstiles and the option of paying card at ticket office number one but be aware of potential queues.

For prices click here.

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Match Report: Wycombe 2-3 Southend

29 September 2018

Southend United survived a late scare at Adams Park as they beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 thanks to goals from Theo Robinson, Tom Hopper and Simon Cox.

The victory – securing Blues’ first back-to-back wins of the season – was fully deserved and began after Robinson bundled in from close range just before the half-time interval.  

A quick one-two-punch from Southend in the second-half all but killed the game off, with Hopper doubling Blues’ advantage by tapping in a Ben Coker cross for his fifth goal of the season.

Cox seemingly made the points safe four minutes later after Jason Demetriou put him through, calmly slotting the ball beyond Ryan Allsop and stun the home crowd.

A spectacular volley from substitute Craig Mackail-Smith looked to be nothing but a consolation for Wycombe only for Adebayo Akinfenwa to grab one and make it a very nervy finish.

The fightback though came too late for the home side to claim a surprise point as Southend just about claimed a second successive win.

It had been nothing short of a perfect afternoon for Blues boss Chris Powell prior to conceding those two goals, and Powell would have been desperate to see his side show some sort of consistency, coming off the back of a 1-0 win at home to Fleetwood last weekend.  

Powell made just the one change to his Blues side from that that beat the Cod Army, with goalkeeper and club captain Mark Oxley returning between the sticks after serving out a three-game ban picked up against Charlton.

Southend were on the lookout for their first back-to-back wins of the campaign and they made a very bright start at Adams Park, carving out a whole host of chances to open the scoring in the glorious High Wycombe sunshine.

Ben Coker had a couple of half chances which failed to really test Ryan Allsop before Coker’s clip ball into the far post towards Tom Hopper saw the former Scunthorpe United striker rise highest and head the ball just wide of Allsop’s near post.

Hopper then almost turned provider as his cross to the far post found Theo Robinson, but the Blues striker skied his volley over the crossbar. Unperturbed, Robinson then created a chance of his own, cutting onto his left foot inside the area and forcing a smart save from Allsop with his feet.

Having weathered the early storm, Wycombe created a couple of opportunities of their own: seeing Darius Charles head over from a set-piece before Adebayo Akinfenwa chested the ball down to Matt Bloomfield who shot wide on the half-volley.

Akinfenwa then saw a chance of his own go off target when he headed Fred Onyedinma’s cross over before Southend saw another chance up the other end go begging when Robinson curled wide after being found by Jason Demetriou.

Southend’s positive play though was rewarded just before the break as Robinson made it third time lucky to put Blues in front. Hopper got goal side of the Wycombe defence before laying the ball across the face of goal for Robinson to bundle home in front of the 700-plus Blues fans.

Blues were more than worthy of their one-goal lead at the interval and they had a huge shout for a penalty waved away inside the opening seconds of the second-half after Hopper’s flick inside the area appeared to come off the arms of Jason McCarthy, but the referee was unmoved.

Wycombe hit Blues on the counter-attack immediately after the claims went unanswered and they had a superb chance to level when Onyedinma went clean through, but the striker couldn’t lift the ball enough to beat Mark Oxley as Southend remained in front.

With the Chairboys looking threatening, Southend took the sting out of the tail of the home side by catching Wycombe with two goals in quick succession to all but secure them their second away win of the season.

Blues doubled their advantage when Coker picked up a loose ball, carrying it into the area before crossing for Hopper to stab home from close range. Four minutes later, a ball forward from Demetriou set Simon Cox clean through and he calmly beat Allsop to make it three.  

A stunned Wycombe side had little response for Southend in the remaining half-an-hour of play, with the three-goal lead affording Powell the luxury of giving Michael Kightly and the returning Dru Yearwood some vital minutes on the pitch following suspension and injury respectively.

Wycombe though would make a fight of it with two very late goals to put the home side back in a game that they had no right to still be in with goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Akinfenwa making a nervy finish for Powell’s side.  

Substitute Mackail-Smith looked to have scored what would be nothing more than a consolation with a spectacular volley only for Akinfenwa to then smash the ball home from close range minutes later to put Gareth Ainsworth’s side within one.

Four minutes of added on time were shown as time seemed to stand still for the visitors who were desperate to hear the final whistle go. Referee Tom Nield eventually blew the final whistle to the relief of the 782 Blues fans behind Oxley’s goal as Southend held on.

Wycombe Wanderers XI: Allsop, Jombati, Jacobson, Gape, Bloomfield (C)(Cowan-Hall 66’), Kashket (Williams 66’), Morris, Onyedinma (Mackail-Smith 66’), Akinfenwa, Charles, McCarthy. Subs Not Used: Ma-Kalambay, Harriman, Thompson, Freeman

Blues XI: Oxley, Coker, Turner, Dieng, Hopper, Cox (McLaughlin 72’), Mantom (C)(Yearwood 77’), Moore, Demetriou, Robinson, White. Subs Not Used: Bishop, Klass, Kyprianou, McCoulsky

Referee: Tom Nield

Assistants: Christopher Husband & Ben Cobb

Fourth Official: Gareth Viccars

Scorers:

Wycombe Wanderers: Craig Mackail-Smith 83’, Adebayo Akinfenwa 87’

Southend United: Theo Robinson 38’, Tom Hopper 53’, Simon Cox 57’

Yellow Cards:

Wycombe Wanderers: None

Southend United: None

Attendance: 4,784 (782 Away)

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Ticket News

Wycombe Tickets Details

27 September 2018

Ticket information for Blues' game against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 29th September...

Another 400 tickets have arrived and are ON SALE having sold out our initial allocation of  500 unreserved seated tickets in the Lords Builders Merchant Stand.

Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office on Friday at 3pm. Tickets will be available to collect from the main ticket office at Roots Hall until this time, after which they will be sent to Wycombe to collect on the day.

The collection point is the blue pod in the car park located next to the club shop.

Ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game. There will be cash turnstiles and the option of paying card at ticket office number one but be aware of potential queues.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

  Advanced Matchday
Adults (26-59) £20 £22
Senior Citizens (60 & over) £17 £19
Young Adult (19-25) £15 £17
Juniors (13-18) £11 £13
12 & under FREE FREE

Ambulant disabled tickets are charged at the age relevant price category, a free carer ticket is only available if you are in receipt of medium rate disability or above, proof may be requested.

Purchase tickets for the game from the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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