All the news stories from December 2018
SCUNTHORPE 1 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 29th December 2018)
Wanderers' losing run over the Christmas holiday continued with a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United. The only goal of the game came after 8 minutes when Kyle Wootton fired a shot under Ryan Allsop. Wycombe went on to enjoy the better chances in the remainder of the game but could not find a way back and slip a further place down to 13th in the 'League One' table.
This third straight defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at Burton Albion on Boxing Day (three days earlier) - Anthony Stewart, Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket and Alex Samuel coming in for Sido Jombati, Bryn Morris, Craig Mackail-Smith and Nathan Tyson.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, El-Abd, Stewart, Jacobson, Freeman, Gape, Thompson, Onyedinma (sub 67 Akinfenwa), Kashket (sub 72 Cowan-Hall), Samuel (sub 89 Williams) - subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Mackail-Smith, Morris - 3,489 (350 away - approx)
BURTON ALBION 3 WYCOMBE 1|
(Wednesday 26th December 2018)
Wanderers dropped down three places to 12th after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
Defeat came despite Wycombe being gifted the opening goal of the game on 27 minutes when Jake Buxton sliced Joe Jacobson's cross into his own net. But Burton had been the better side up that point and responded with two goals in just over a minute. First on 33 minutes Lucas Akins fired a loose ball past Ryan Allsop after a Reece Hutchinson had surged into the Wycombe box. A minute later Akins was the provided when his low cross from the right was swept home by David Templeton - beating Allsop at the near post from 15 yards. More poor defending from Wanderers - this time Jacobson losing possession on the Wycombe right and allowing Marcus Harness to cross and Akins to net.
Wycombe improved slightly after the break following the introduction of Scott Kashket just after the hour mark and then Alex Samuel and Adebayo Akinfenwa - the latter returning for his first game in two months - but a comeback never looked likely.
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at home to Wimbledon the previous Saturday - Allsop, returning in goal from injury having missed six games, plus Bryn Morris and Craig Mackail-Smith, replacing Randell Williams and Alex Samuel.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jombati, Jacobson (sub 78 Samuel), Gape, Thompson, Morris (sub 62 Kashket), Tyson, Onyedinma, Mackail-Smith (sub 74 Akinfenwa) - subs not used: Yates, Stewart, Cowan-Hall, Williams - 3,679 (500 away approx)
WYCOMBE 1 WIMBLEDON 2|
(Saturday 22nd December 2018)
Wanderers' winning home run in the League came to a disappointing end as lost 2-1 at home to bottom club Wimbledon.
After a lethargic opening from both sides, Kwesi Appiah broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when stabbed the ball home at the far following James Hanson’s headed flick on from a corner from the left. Wycombe had little answer for Wimbledon's resolute defence, with Nathan Tyson having a day where he saw three decent chances go astray. It was the visitors who added a second on the stroke of ninety minutes when Jake Jervis neatly tucked the ball home from the near edge of the six-yard box following a cross from the left. Fred Onyedinma converted Tyson's cross from the left two minutes into stoppage but it proved just a consolation.
The reverse came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the starting XI that had drew at Gillingham seven days previous - In: Randell Williams being favoured to Bryn Morris. Wanderers remain 9th in the table ahead of the holiday fixtures away to Burton Albion (29th December) and at home to Coventry City (2nd January).
Wycombe: Henderson, McCarthy, Jombati, El-Abd, Jacobson, Onyedinma, Gape (sub 79 Mackail-Smith), Thompson, Williams (sub 65 Kashket), Samuel (sub 65 Morris), Tyson - subs not used: Yates, Stewart, Cowan-Hall, Freeman - 5,814 (600 away)
BLACKPOOL AWAY POSTPONED|
(Tuesday 18th December 2018)
Wanderers scheduled trip to Blackpool on Saturday 5th January 2019 will need to be re-arranged following Pools' FA Cup replay victory over Solihull Moors. The Lancashire club will host Arsenal in the Third Round.
GILLINGHAM 2 WYCOMBE 2|
(Saturday 15th December 2018)
Wanderers threw away a 2-0 lead as they had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw at Gillingham. Goals from Adam El-Abd on 12 minutes and Nathan Tyson five minutes later had put Wycombe in dreamland and on the edge of the play-off places. However, a turnaround after the break from the home side saw Tom Eaves pull a goal back for The Gills on 56 minutes when he connected with Dean Parrett's free-kick. Parrett was also the provided for
Josh Parker to head past Stephen Henderson on 76 minutes. Substitute Randell Williams almost snatched a winner for Wycombe in stoppage time but Tomas Holy tipped the effort wide.
Team news for Wycombe at Priestfield saw Gareth Ainsworth make just one change from the starting XI that had beaten Barnsley the previous Saturday - Bryn Morris recalled in favour of Williams. The result saw Wycombe remain 9th in the 'League One' table - six points from the play-off zone and a gap of 12 points to the relegation places.
Wycombe: Henderson, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jombati, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Morris, Tyson (sub 77 Williams), Samuel, Onyedinma - subs not used: Yates, Stewart, Mackail-Smith, Kashket, Cowan-Hall, Freeman - 4,687(495 away)
HENDERSON LOAN EXTENDED|
(Wednesday 12th December 2018)
The Club announced on Wednesday (12th December 2018) that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson’s 'emergency loan' from Nottingham Forest had been extended for a further seven days. Henderson will be available to play at Gillingham on Saturday (15th December 2018) but another loan extension will be required for games beyond that date. Commenting on the injury situation with Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, Gareth Ainsworth said: "Ryan and Yves are making good progress in their recoveries from injury but they’re still a little while off returning to the team, so in the meantime we’re grateful to Stephen and Nottingham Forest for allowing him to help us out in goal."
WYCOMBE 1 BARNSLEY 0|
(Saturday 8th December 2018)
Wycombe took an impressive scalp with a 1-0 victory over 5th placed Barnsley. Randell Williams fired in the only goal of the game on 5 minutes to move Wycombe up to 9th spot in 'League One' - just four points off the play-off zone and 14 points clear of the relegation places with a record of 31 points from the opening 21 games.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes from the side that had won at Accrington ten days previous - Stephen Henderson (debut on loan Nottingham Forest), Joe Jacobson, Nathan Tyson and Williams coming in, while David Stockdale (recalled by Birmingham), Michael Harriman, Nick Freeman and Craig Mackail-Smith were those omitted from the starting XI.
The victory also equalled Wanderers' record of six consecutive victories at home in the Football League. The previous six match run was during the 1993/94 season in 'Division Three' under Martin O'Neill.
Wycombe: Henderson, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jombati, Jacobson, Onyedinma, Gape, Thompson, Williams, Tyson, Samuel - subs not used: Yates, Stewart, Mackail-Smith, Kashket, Cowan-Hall, Morris, Freeman - 5,225 (941 away)
EMERGENCY 'KEEPER No.3|
(Tuesday 4th December 2018)
Wanderers revealed on Thursday 4th December 2018 they had called in the 'emergency' services of a goalkeeper for the third time in the space of two weeks. The latest arrival is Nottingham Forest glovesman Stephen Henderson. The 30 year-old joined Forest in the summer of 2016 but has fallen down the ranks, ending the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Portsmouth. As a 21 year-old he was close to joining Wycombe on loan from Bristol City in January 2010 but then Wanderers Manager Gary Waddock could not guarantee him First Team football at Adams Park.
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