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Fans expect a reaction against Terriers


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Huddersfield Town on Friday in their 25th league game of the season.

The league table currently shows Wycombe in 22nd place with 20 points and Huddersfield in 5th spot with 44 points, both sides having played 24 games.


Wycombe's Home Record...W 3 - D 2 - L 7 - Pts 11...Ppg 0.92 (Rank-22)

Huddersf'ld Away Record....W 4 - D 7 - L 1 - Pts 19...Ppg 1.58 (Rank-7)


640 Wycombe fans made the effort to travel to Bournemouth on Monday only to witness their side's worst performance of the season so far.

Just when you thought the dark days were over and things were finally looking up, the players angered and disappointed their most seasoned supporters by totally capitulating to the Cherries.

With no apparent belief in themselves, the Blues simply failed to compete and after doing the bare minimum for 90 minutes they disappeared down the tunnel with Nikki Bull to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable. The performance certainly wasn't.

Looking on the bright side, it did follow five decent displays in a row, so let's hope Monday was merely a blip and that the fans won't be short-changed again this season.

Manager Gary Waddock was clearly angered by the performance and has threatened to make wholesale changes, but a lack of strength in depth means that only Basey, Harris and Grant are likely candidates to swap the bench for the starting line-up on Friday.

The combination of Sky cameras and Huddersfield Town still haunts Blues' fans who vividly remember a televised 6-0 humiliation at the Galpharm just over two years ago.

Well here we go again, Sky recently decided to broadcast Friday's game hoping that Huddersfield would break Arsenal's record of 49 consecutive league games unbeaten. As it happens, the Terriers were unable to keep the run going and have since lost twice, but the cameras will be there anyway.

In fact, with only one win in their last six games, the Yorkshire side are going through a sticky spell by their own high standards, but with only two defeats in 49 league games, they represent a formidable challenge for the Blues.

In Terriers' team news, Central midfielders Tommy Miller (hamstring) and Damien Johnson (hamstring) are likely to miss out; as is Calum Woods who is still struggling with an ankle injury. Jamie McCombe is available for selection after finishing his recent loan spell at Preston North End

For the Blues, Dave Winfield misses out with a knee injury and Scott Donnelly is out for the season.

Here are some stats…


Huddersfield's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg1: Bournemouth (H).....Lost 0-1

Lg1: Sheff Wed (A)........Drew 4-4

Lg1: Chesterfield (H).......Won 1-0

Lg1: Carlisle (H)............Drew 1-1

Lg1: Notts County (A)....Drew 2-2



Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

Lg1: Chesterfield (H).......Won 3-2

Lg1: Carlisle (A)............Drew 2-2

Lg1: Exeter (H)...............Won 3-1

Lg1: Stevenage (H).........Lost 0-1

Lg1: Bournemouth (A).....Lost 0-2



Huddersfield Goal Stats (29 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)............Lg: 45...Cups: 12...Total: 57

Goals Conceded (Total)........Lg: 25...Cups: 14...Total: 39

Goals Scored (Away)...........Lg: 24...Cups: 10...Total: 34

Goals Conceded (Away).......Lg: 14...Cups: 12...Total: 26

Clean Sheets.......................Lg: 8.....Cups: 0.....Total: 8



Wycombe Goal Stats (29 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..............Lg: 28...Cups: 8.....Total: 36

Goals Conceded (Total)..........Lg: 40...Cups: 13...Total: 53

Goals Scored (Home).............Lg: 14...Cups: 8.....Total: 22

Goals Conceded (Home).........Lg: 18...Cups: 11...Total: 29

Clean Sheets.........................Lg: 1.....Cups: 0.....Total: 1



Huddersfield's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Jordan Rhodes.........22

Lee Novak...............11

Gary Roberts............7

Alan Lee...................4

Four other players have each scored 2 goals.

Five other players have each scored 1 goal.



Wycombe's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Stuart Beavon..........11

Marcello Trotta..........6

Scott Donnelly..........5 (inc 2 pens)

Joel Grant................3

Two other players have scored 2 goals.

Six other players have each scored 1 goal.



Huddersfield Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Jordan Rhodes.....44 on-target...29 off-target...2 against woodwork

Daniel Ward.........15 on-target...25 off-target...0 against woodwork

Alan Lee..............16 on-target...19 off-target...2 against woodwork



Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Competitions

Stuart Beavon.....33 on-target.....8 off-target...0 against woodwork

Joel Grant...........16 on-target...13 off-target...0 against woodwork

Scott Donnelly.....13 on-target...11 off-target...0 against woodwork



Shooting (Club) - League Games Only

Huddersf'd....134 on target...124 off target...9 against w'work (Rank-10)

Wycombe.....103 on target...101 off target...4 against w'work (Rank-22)



Most Assists

Huddersfield - Hunt & Roberts........8

Wycombe - Beavon & Sandell........3



League Form Guide

All Season


Huddersf'd...Pld: 24...W: 11...D: 11...L: 2....Pts: 44...Pts per game: 1.83

Wycombe.....Pld: 24...W: 5....D: 5.....L: 14...Pts: 20..Pts per game: 0.83



Last Five league Games

Huddersfield......LDWDD - 6 points (Rank-12)

Wycombe..........WDWLL - 7 points (Rank-10)



Last Five League Games (Away)

Huddersfield.......DWLDD - 6 points (Rank-13)



Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe...........LLWWL - 6 points (Rank-16)



Against Top Half Opposition

Huddersf'd.....Pld: 12...Pts: 20...Pts per game: 1.67...(Rank-5)

Wycombe......Pld: 13...Pts: 6.....Pts per game: 0.46...(Rank-22)



Against Bottom Half Opposition

Huddersf'd......Pld: 12...Pts: 24...Pts per game: 2.00...(Rank-6)

Wycombe.......Pld: 11...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 1.27...(Rank-20)



Previous Meetings

In 9 previous meetings there have been 5 wins for Huddersfield, 2 for Wycombe, and 2 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 2 wins for the Terriers, 1 for the Blues and 1 draw.

1994/95 Lg1: Huddersfield 0 Wycombe 1

1994/95 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Huddersfield 1

2001/02 Lg1: Huddersfield 2 Wycombe 1

2001/02 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Huddersfield 4

2002/03 Lg1: Huddersfield 0 Wycombe 0

2002/03 Lg1: Wycombe 0 Huddersfield 0

2009/10 Lg1: Huddersfield 6 Wycombe 0

2009/10 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Huddersfield 2

2011/12 Lg1: Huddersfield 3 Wycombe 0



The Man In The Middle

Friday's referee is Steve Tanner from Somerset who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2003. His most recent Wycombe game was last season's 2-1 home win over Cheltenham Town. So far this campaign he's issued 1 red and 11 yellow cards in 5 games.



Prediction

Wycombe 0 Huddersfield 2




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 5 2012

Time: 12:55PM

 

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