Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United...
Southend United head to Adams Park tomorrow afternoon to take on Wycombe Wanderers with Blues desperately looking for their first points of the season.
Kevin Bond’s side will no doubt take a repeat of Southend’s last visit to High Wycombe as goals from Theo Robinson, Tom Hopper and Simon Cox helped Blues to a 3-2 win.
But the Chairboys may be a tougher nut to crack this time around having made an unbeaten start to the season, something they certainly won’t want to be giving away easily.
Blues have had a miserable start to the season losing all four of their opening league games, leaving Kevin Bond’s side without a point at this early stage of the campaign.
The midweek defeat to Peterborough compounded Southend’s recent woes, coming off the back of reversals by Lincoln, Blackpool and Coventry City.
Wycombe, however, have two wins and two draws from their four league games, with Tuesday’s draw away at Fleetwood helping the Chairboys maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Saturday 13th April 2019
Southend United 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Akinfenwa 69’, 72’
Two goals in three second-half minutes from Adebayo Akinfenwa secured Wycombe Wanderers a vital three points at Roots Hall.
After a goalless first-half, Akinfenwa got on the end of a Scott Kashket cross to tap in at the far post before his looping header three minutes later secured the victory for the Chairboys.
Blues Team News
Simon Cox is hopeful of recovering from a knee problem picked up on Tuesday night in time for the trip to Adams Park. The forward struggled through the final few minutes against Peterborough, but the issue isn’t as bad as first feared.
Defender Nathan Ralph's availability is less certain after the full-back pulled up with a hamstring injury on Tuesday. There remains a glimmer of hope for him to win his race to be fit but Bond suggested he may not train on Friday which throws his chances up in the air.
That leaves the door open for Andre Blackman to make his full Blues debut, while Kevin Bond has options to replace Cox if needed with Stephen Humphrys, Theo Robinson and Charlie Kelman available.
When discussing Wycombe’s dangerman you can’t ignore someone who has the nickname of “The Beast”, which is the case for the Chairboy’s frontman Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Akinfenwa is far from your stereotypical striker in terms of build, but his size and power make him a nightmare for opposing defences to deal with.
And don’t let his size fool you as ‘Bayo’ still possesses all the technical ability required to make him a threat in front of goal, as seen when he notched twice against Southend last time the teams met.
Darren Drysdale will be the man in the middle at Adams Park, with the referee from Lincoln being assisted by Ollie Williams and Leigh Crowhurst, while Mike Desborough is on hand as fourth official.
Drysdale last presided over a Southend game back in December when Blues won on penalties against Luton in the Checkatrade Trophy at Kenilworth Road.
So far this season, Drysdale has officiated three matches, issuing 13 yellow cards and no reds, most recently taking charge at Blackpool for their 2-1 win over Oxford United.
Away Fans Guide
Blues fans making their way to High Wycombe will find themselves pitching up in the Panache Stand, or East Stand to you and I, which has a capacity of around 2,000.
Adams Park’s total capacity is just over 10,000 and it boasts an impressive looking south stand to the left of the away end, named the Frank Adams Stand after the Chairboys’ former captain.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Just shy of 400 tickets have been sold so far to Blues fans for tomorrow’s clash with pre-sale tickets going off sale at midday today.
Tickets will still be available on the day but they will be subject to a £2 increase with the exception of those under 12 whose entry price will stay free of charge.
Should you wish to buy on the day, you’ll be able to do so on the turnstiles at Adams Park with the club able to accept cash or card.