The Opposition View
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic, here are some views on the game from the Addicks' boss Phil Parkinson and a few of their fans.
Speaking to his club's official website, Parkinson said: "We could have killed the game off better, I thought we did a few naive things and were maybe a bit rusty, but all in all, I can't fault the lads."
"We had chances in the first half and before they scored to kill the game off. We got in some fantastic positions and I was just waiting for the net to bulge - It didn't quite happen and at 1-0 you are always under pressure. Their lad Pittman, who I saw at Leeds last week, did well and got his goal, but we responded well."
On Stuart Beavon's early miss for Wycombe, the Charlton boss said: "It was a very good chance. Sometimes that's the difference between the top teams and the bottom teams. Jonjo Shelvey had his chance and put it into the back of the net while their lad was clean through but missed the target."
When asked for his views on Wycombe, Parkinson said: "They were certainly unlucky at Leeds last week when they should have come away having won that game, and they played well today."
"They are a good side. We've been speaking to the lads all week about how they have a new manager who has his own way of playing. He's changed it round and it's taken a bit of time to implement his ways, but you are starting to see it now."
"We told them it wouldn't be easy. Wycombe played well today and contributed in a very good game, a very exciting game in difficult conditions."
Some Charlton fans weren't quite as complimentary as their manager, but most were nevertheless relieved to have come away from Adams Park with all three points.
The following extracts are taken from Charlton Life and BBC606.
'Wycombe are no mugs and that was a very good result.'
'Strange game really. They could have been two up before we scored - their first miss was unbelievable. We could then have gone on to trounce them but it just didn't happen.'
'Another fairly open game I thought. We were slow out of the blocks for sure, but always looked like we could score when we went forward.'
'A deserved result although too close for comfort if I'm honest. Lloyd Sam had more possesion than any other player on the park and should have run them ragged. Elliot didn't have a save to make worthy of the name and the hardest thing he did all afternoon was to pick the ball out of the back of the net, a goal scored somewhat against the run of play I might add.'
'They were a poor side. Sam had absolutely acres of space to run into. But it's what you do when you get into those advanced positions that counts, and the one time he picked out a pass, we scored. I think Wycombe were more worried about the threat coming through the middle as they were so narrow.'
'For the bulk of the 1st half Wycombe looked twice as sharp as us. They managed to get the ball to feet in between our midfield and defence on numerous occasions and we never really seemed to get to grips with their shape.'
'Wycombe are a very very poor side. How their guy didn't score or even hit the target early on was summed up by our fans singing - 'that's why you're going down'. They've played a couple of game more than other sides around them but are still adrift. We were always going to win this - we just made it very difficult for ourselves. Happy with the three points in the end but Wycombe are going down.'
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'Wycombe were poor. We were much the better side but didn't ruthlessly dispatch them as we should have done.'
'It was good to see the Wycombe fans get behind their team in the second-half - they deserve to do better because of the way they play with good passing and well organised moves. It's a shame to see them at the other end of the table.'
Next Game: Southend v Wycombe - 23rd January - 3.00pm
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