The Opposition View
In the wake of yesterday's defeat at Brighton, here are some views on the game from Seagulls' boss Russell Slade and a few of their fans.
Speaking to his club's official website, Slade said he was pleased with his team's first win of the season but wasn't going to get carried away with the result.
'I'm really pleased to get the monkey off our backs. It took a long time coming but was certainly worth it.'
'Wycombe made life difficult for us. They went 4-5-1 and got men behind the ball and it took a lot of hard work to grind it out, but we got there in the end.'
'There's a long way to go though, I didn't get carried away when we lost and I'm certainly not going to get carried away now we've won,' said Slade.
The Brighton fans slaughtered us.
The following extracts are taken from 'north stand chat' and 'Football Forums.'
Beach Hut wrote:
'If I supported Wycombe Wanderers I reckon I would slash my wrists if I had to watch them week in week out, what an unambitious bunch they are.'
edna krabappel wrote:
'Maybe it's not a case of them being unambitious, it might just be because their strikers are largely cr*p. That big ginger lump they had up front was possibly the most pointless presence on a football pitch I've ever seen. Did he contribute one single thing to that game? Utterly useless. The only striker who even vaguely tried to make anything happen for them was Pittman, the sub.'
'Wycombe will struggle this season. I don't think I've ever spent so much time looking up in the air. I can't recall Michel Kuipers having one save to make.'
The Complete Badger wrote:
'Wycombe were totally lacklustre in every department. At the back they seem to just recruit big people. It doesn't matter how well these people can play football it appears, if they're tall they'll do. Their midfield actually made ours look inventive, and upfront they had the worst striker I've ever seen play against us. We STROLLED through that game defensively. Wycombe are the worst attacking side I've seen for a long time at this level. We'd have had to gift them a goal for them to score today. A totally clueless team.'
'I thought we were rubbish and scraped a win against a team that will do well to avoid relegation.'
Guy Fawkes wrote:
'Thought it was typical Peter Taylor tactics displayed by Wycombe today. Everyone behind the ball when we were attacking, and then try to sneak a goal from a set piece or breakaway. Same kind of tactics he employed when in charge here so hardly a surprise.'
Tom Hark Preston Park wrote:
'Wycombe players - they may be big, but they're not clever.'
'We're getting better. I thought we played some reasonable football today against a team that really weren't up for it. The thing that bothers me is - why did we let Wycombe take Jon-Paul Pitman from under our noses when he was at Crawley? After he came on I thought he looked dangerous every time he got the ball.'
granny weatherwax wrote:
'It was an appalling game played by two not very good teams, made all the more dreadful by possibly the worst referee I have ever seen.'
Freddie Goodwin wrote:
'I was pretty relaxed in the knowledge that Taylor would be overcautious and that they would not attack and that's basically how it turned out. He'll be off when the job becomes a struggle.'
'Wycombe had superb support. I'd feel cheated if I was one of those that travelled though.'
Can't argue with some of that based on yesterday's overcautious and thoroughly disappointing performance.