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Friday 27th July 2018
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Maidenhead United in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018/19 campaign but discussion on the terraces was mainly centred on the impending departure of Luke O'Nien to Sunderland. The deal to take the Wanderers midfielder to the former Premier League side had broken earlier in the day and the move was expected to be finalised during the weekend following the game at Maidenhead. The news somewhat overshadowed the return of Watford midfielder Randell Williams on loan for the Wanderers. Williams was on target on 71 minutes to equalise Ryan Bird's early opener for the home side.
There were further injury woes for Wanderers too when Nathan Tyson was forced off during the second-half for what looked like a hamstring problem. The loss of Tyson further depleted Wycombe's potential firepower following Scott Kashket's injury during the 2-1 friendly victory at Chesham United the previous Tuesday.
The opening goal in the 11th minute came after both Adam El-Abd and Sido Jomabti were wrong footed by the home attack down the left wing - a low cross to the near both being turned in by Bird at the near post past Ryan Allsop. New loanee Williams was introduced just before the hour mark and netted on 71 minutes following an attack down the Wycombe left, the loose ball eventually being turned home from around 8 yards.
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Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: ""The boys showed good character to come back into it. It was a tough game, we lost last year and drew the year before. [Maidenhead United] are a good outfit. One or two have caught the eye. Alan [Devonshire] has done a great job and it was proved when they survived last year and more than survived by finishing mid table, which was fantastic for them." The Wycombe boss added: "I've got some work to do now. We've had a eventful day. We've lost Nathan Tyson in the game and it looks like a hamstring. That could be anything really, we will see the extent of the hamstring [injury] but it didn't look too good and if a hamstring goes like that you are looking at quite a few weeks. I'm gutted for him because he's had a great pre-season and he was definitely in the frame for starting the season."
The Wycombe Manager also spoke of the disruption to his plans for the forthcoming season, saying: " Other things have happened today [O'Nien to Sunderland]. It's tough but we are Wycombe and we are going to dig deep. Next week I'm hoping to get some work done to maybe get somebody in and add to the squad. We are going to go against Blackpook and I'm sure the boys are going to be ready for that and relishing that. Everybody knows the state of the Club. We are a Trust owned Club. Selling players is tough for me to take but the Club needs to do it. It's going to tough replacing somebody like Luke but it's my job to go out and try and find that one to bolster us and give us a chance of achieving what we want to achieve and that is surviving in 'League One'."
Ainsworth concluded: "I'm very confident that we have got enough in that dressing room to stay in 'League One'. We need keep everybody fit and keep everybody sharp. That's what this week is going to be about and I'm sure against Blackpool there will be different feel to the game. There's not been three points on a game since May and I'm looking forward to there being three points on the game next weekend. We are going to well prepared and hopefully be competitive to pick up the points on offer."
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