The Chairboys just about survived last season and won't want any final day drama this time around...
Wycombe Wanderers will not want a repeat of this season next time around, as Gareth Ainsworth’s side somehow escaped relegation to the Conference on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign. The Chairboys actually made a positive start to the season, winning on the opening day, before beating Blues, Hartlepool and Plymouth on the spin. Two more wins, against Torquay United and Bristol Rovers (who they pipped to survival) followed in October, but from then on it was a struggle. Ainsworth’s side won just one league game in the next three months, before back to back wins against Chesterfield and Exeter. A final day win against Torquay ensured survival on goal difference as Bristol Rovers fell through the Football League trap door.
After a playing career spanning over 600 games, that ended with a three-year spell at Wycombe Wanderers, Ainsworth took caretaker charge in November 2012, and at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, he retired as a player to take permanent charge of the club. Ainsworth first full season was of course a tough one, but the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder will be hoping for a change in fortunes this time around.
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Max Kretzschmar, a 20-year-old midfielder, had a real breakthrough season and was a shining light of a tough campaign. He made 41 appearances in total, scoring six goals and getting four assists to his name.
Goals were hard to come by for Wycombe this season, but Matt McClure finished as the club’s top scorer. His nine goals helped the club to safety, and the striker will be hoping for double figures next season.
20-year-old Matt Ingram has impressed during his first full season as number one. He made 54 appearances over the course of the season, having made just eight the season before. He gained experience with Oxford City the season before too, and was selected for an England training camp in January 2011 – the only League 2 representative.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED THIS SUMMER
Ainsworth has acted quickly in the transfer market hoping to avoid a repeat of last season. Sido Jombati, Aaron Pierre and Paul Hayes have all signed permanent deals with the club.
Steven Craig, Sam Wood and Gary Doherty have all signed new deals, but Marvin McCoy, Lee Angol, Jo Kuffour, Dean Morgan, Leon Johnson, Jon-Paul Pittman and Matt Spring have all left.
Earlier this week, Bristol Rovers released a statement saying they would be writing to the FA regarding Wycombe’s recent fine for a breach of agent regulations.
Blues and Wycombe have met 13 times in their history. Wycombe have come out on top over the years, winning six compared to Blues’ four wins. Blues’ last victory was the 2-1 success at Adams Park, while last season Wycombe won at home and picked up a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.
Wycombe’s first target will be to avoid relegation as they did this season. The bookies have the Chairboys at 13/2 to be relegated to the Conference. Ainsworth’s side are 9/1 to gain promotion, and 33/1 to win the league.
These odds are with Sky Bet, our betting partner.