The Opposition View
Following last night's 7-0 home defeat at the hands of Shrewsbury Town, here are the thoughts of the Shrews' manager and some of their fans.
Shrewsbury manager Paul Simpson told the club's official website :
'I don't think I could have asked any more of my players tonight. I wanted them to be totally professional irrespective of the team Wycombe put out. Just like every game we play - I want to win.'
'I thought from the first minute tonight we were absolutely fantastic. The way we passed the ball about, we were strong, we were positive and our finishing was first class.'
Simpson went on to say:
'I know the next two games we have against Wycombe will be very different to what we had tonight.'
Amen to that.
The Shrewsbury fans aired their views on website 'Blue and Amber'. Here are a few extracts :
'Best Town performance I've seen in, well .. decades! It must be said though that Wycombe were awful. Countless misplaced passes. Their game was summed up by one of the many restarts after we had scored - the ball was simply whacked towards the corner flag like a rugby team kicking for territory .... or respite perhaps!
Don't let that detract from Town's display though - notable (obviously) for the sublime finishing, but also for players who want the ball and move to receive it.'
'A great night and result. The best thing for me - right up until the final whistle they all still wanted the ball and play for yet another goal - outstanding!! '
'Quality night, every member of the team were fantastic last night, great atmosphere, a night I'll never forget.'
'It just goes to show how 'fired up' Simmo must have got his players for last night's game, as soon as I read in yesterday's Star him telling his players to 'go for it' and saw the team line up I knew we would have a very good chance of winning. Gary Peters on the other hand, I guess would have made five changes for the game, and told his players to 'go easy'. Not that I'm a big fan of the JPT, but it would have cheated the fans who would have made the trip. '
'Peter Taylor is probably thinking resting 5 first team players was not such a good idea tonight. I'm sure that Wycombe will still be challenging for a promotion spot this season, but losing 7.0 at home must raise a few doubts in their side.'
'It will raise doubt about Wycombe's strength in depth at the very least. Sounds like they just weren't as motivated as us tonight though.'
'Well, in 32 years of following the Town I have never seen an evening like tonight. 84 minutes for the League Leaders to have at shot on target at home. Total domination, with seven cracking goals. Sour grapes award goes to Peter Taylor, what he was doing laying into the Referee at the final whistle is beyond me. Perhaps he thought the Referee should have played more than 3 minutes added time to give them a chance to get back into the game.'
' WOW! Wycombe were terrible but 7-0 away is incredible...Grant Holt just destroyed their defence physically and hopefully psychologically for the season, he literally trampled all over them for his fifth goal.'
One fan got a bit carried away :
'Biggest shock in history ? Considering Wycombe were favourites tonight I am wondering if there has ever been a bigger win in a game by the underdogs ?'
And one gave us a crumb of comfort :
'Wycombe are an excellently run club by the way. I got the impression that they were really organised behind the scenes. I couldn't have asked for a friendlier bunch. Perhaps their defence shouldn't be as welcoming though. Although, walloped by us in the JPT I would expect them to give us a different game when we meet again unless some mental scars have been left. I also expect them to be promoted with ourselves. Good luck to them, good friendly club in my experience. '