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Nationwide Footie Facts Jamie Bates
Nicky Mohan
Bates Mohan
Minutes On Pitch 1530 1145
Tackles and Blocks    
Total Tackles Made 28 15
Last Man Saving Tackles 0 0
Tackles Won % 50% 27%
Shots & Crosses Blocked 57 43
Interceptions 13 9
Total Clearances Made 293 199
Headed Clearances 209 149
Shots Cleared Off The Line 0 0
Corners Conceded 27 14
Total Passes 398 218
Pass Completion % 51% 49%
Going Forward    
Goals 0 2
Shots on Target 4 3
Shots off Target 7 2
Total Fouls Conceded 21 13
Fouls in Danger Area 8 8
Penalties Conceded 0 0
Yellow Cards 4 1
Red Cards 0 1

Wycombe v Stoke City
Division Two
Tuesday 23rd November 1999

travel to Adams Park on Tuesday night in a state of turmoil. Gary Megson was appointed manager in the summer and did well to guide the Britannia Stadium team to a top six placing as autumn began, but an Icelandic faction gained control of the club and decided to replace Megson with Icelandic boss Gudjon Thordarson.

But this should not detract from the teamís efforts so far and central defender Nicky Mohan will be stranger to Wanderers fans, having spent a mixed spell at Adams Park, a period which he does not look back on fondly. His replacement at Wycombe was the dominant figure of Jamie Bates, a Brentford legend, and rapidly achieving that position in south Bucks.

Both men have played well so far this season, though Mohan has had the benefit of playing for a team in better form. In fact, Bates has made nearly twice as many tackles as the former Middlesbrough and Leicester man. He has also been far more successful, winning half of his challenges and making 57 blocks.

Neither man is blessed with a great deal of pace, but both have more than enough intelligence for Division Two. In a league where the first rule of defending is often to launch the ball blindly, both men will look to play a constructive ball from the back. And one of Batesís true strengths is to bring the ball out of defence on a surging run and join the attack. To this end he already has four shots on target, and has been unlucky on certain occasions not to score.

Mohan has registered three times for Stoke this season, all of them powerful headers from set-pieces, and he remains a threat to the opposition. His most memorable goal for the Wanderers was the equaliser at Northampton last season, again from a corner. But while both players will be delighted if they notch on Tuesday night, Bates and Mohan will be more than happy if they keep a clean sheet and leave the glory to their strikers.

Statistics courtesy of Carling Opta

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