Wycombe: The Opposition View
Following yesterday's draw between Wycombe Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town, here are some views on the game from Shrews' manager Paul Simpson and a few of their fans.
Simpson told his club's official website: 'We're very disappointed that we haven't won it, but it's as good a ninety minute performance, especially away from home, that we've had all season.'
'We've shown that we can play, shown that we can pass the ball, shown that we have good fitness as they were dead on their feet while we were still strong,' said the Shrewsbury boss.
Simpson thought that Gary Holt's goal was a 'wonder strike,' but felt his players should have closed the Wycombe midfielder down. 'You've got to be prepared to take one for the team and get close enough to stop them from getting the shot in,' said Simpson.
Feeling that Wycombe's goal was against the run of play, Simpson said: 'You can sense it when you don't take the chances you have. When that happens, then you're going to get punished at some point. I don't really know what the stats will say, but they've not had many more chances other than the goal. I think their goalkeeper has been the busier of the two.'
Simpson felt his side's equaliser was well worked and 'typical of the football that we played for most of the afternoon.'
The Shrews' fans felt they were the better side and were unimpressed with Wycombe's performance.
The following extracts are taken from 'blue-and-amber', BBC606, 'Shrews Chat' and 'Salop Ultras'.
'Wycombe might be play-off fodder after that performance.'
'We were unlucky not to win today. All Wycombe offered was one excellent strike.'
'The Wycombe fans were a disgrace to their club, couldn't hear a thing from them all game apart from that drum...and the phrase 'Come On Wycombe' about 5 times throughout the game.'
'We drew with a side that is well out of form.'
'I thought it was an excellent game and good advert for League Two in difficult conditions. We passed the ball well and always looked to find a man. You rarely see an away team dominate as much as we did and it would have been a travesty not to have got anything from the game.'
'The main disappointment for me is that we didn't convert more of the chances we made in the first half. We could have been three up by the time Wycombe opened the scoring.'
macaroni ted wrote:
'We looked more like the home side in a game where Wycombe offered very little.'
'The best away performance of the season for me. We controlled the midfield and played some lovely balls through the middle and out to the wings.'
'Some nice football played by Town today. The only team really looking to play it around too.'
'Excellent performance from the Town and we really should have won. It was played at a frenetic pace on a bumpy pitch and for once our choice of two wide men probably made the difference.'
'If we do make the play-offs I hope we get Wycombe as I can see us beating them over two games.'
'A good, solid team performance, we dominated the first half and were rarely troubled in the second. We should have won the game. The only negative I have is that we aren't quite clinical enough in front of goal. I thought our passing and movement, first half in particular was very good. We caused them a lot of problems. A quick mention to the stewards who greeted us and asked us how our journey was on entering the ground and then wished us a safe journey home. Its nice and refreshing to see stewards take a safe but slightly less strict approach. All in all, a very enjoyable day.'
Indeed, the stewards were Wycombe's star performers yet again according to the Shrews...
'The stewards were so friendly and helpful. Could we send some of ours there during the close season for some public relations training?'
'The stewards were sound and they have a quality little supporters bar in there.'
'Have to mention the stewards at Adams Park today. I thought they were excellent and extremely polite and professional. From the minute I entered the stadium confines, I was greeted warmly and made to feel that I was a welcome guest. An absolute pleasure to attend the game and something that the powers that be at The Prostar could take a few lessons from. Stewards do not have to be oppressive and aggressive to carry out their role successfully.'
Will the Barnet fans find something nice to say about us? Will they return to Underhill dreaming of the day they too have stewards like ours? Stay tuned to find out !