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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Dagenham & Redbridge

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Dagenham & Redbridge

Wycombe Wanderers start a new chapter this weekend when they travel to East London to face Dagenham and Redbridge in a League Two fixture at Victoria Road.

Gareth Ainsworth takes charge of his first game as caretaker following the sacking of manager Gary Waddock. His departure came as little surprise to anyone who endured the Chairboys' 1-0 home defeat to managerless AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park last weekend.

On a day that was meant to be a celebration of the clubs' 125th anniversary, the team put in one of the most abject displays in living memory. The Blues' man of the match wasn't even a contracted player, with goalkeeper Elliot Parish making his second and final appearance on a seven day loan from Cardiff City. He saved the hosts from an even heavier defeat.

Whilst the younger players can be excused, the older, more experienced senior players ought to be ashamed of themselves. They put in such a gutless display that it really ought to be they, and not Gary Waddock, who were sacked and out of a job. That they were given a chance by the manager to show what they can do whilst playing the game we all love makes their performances even more disgusting. They were a disgrace to the shirt and Gareth Ainsworth has one hell of a job trying to turn this bunch of journeymen and mercenaries into a team that looks capable of winning football matches.

Gary Waddock's final team selection as manager of Wycombe saw him make three changes to his starting line-up, one of which was forced. Striker Jo Kuffour was recalled in place of winger Joel Grant who missed out with a hamstring strain. Defender Leon Johnson returned from suspension whilst defender Charles Dunne was recalled. Defenders Dave Winfield and Matt Parsons dropped to the bench. Goalkeeper Elliot Parish has now returned to Cardiff City following the end of his seven-day emergency loan and goalkeeper Jordan Archer has been signed as his replacement on a seven-day loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He is set to make his debut at the weekend.

The defeat leaves the Blues in 21st place in the League Two table, level on four points with their opponents this weekend. The Daggers have yet to win a league game this season. Their present incarnation came about in 1992, on the back of a whole succession of mergers which swallowed up four amateur clubs in Ilford FC, Leytonstone FC, Walthamstow Avenue FC and Dagenham FC. The Wanderers had many tussles with all four clubs during the Isthmian League years.

Since the merger the two sides have met on four occasions at Victoria Road. Twice in the non-league double winning season of 1992/93, with the first a forgettable goal-less draw in the second leg of the Conference League Cup (with the Wanderers having won the first leg 3-1). The second was a memorable 2-1 win in the Conference, just two days after beating Slough Town 1-0 with ten-men in a top of the table clash at Adams Park. John Still was the manager back then and his side were winning 1-0 before local hero Mark West came off the bench in the second half to bag a brace and claim three vital points.

The last two meetings have come in League Two with the Chairboys the first side to be hosted in a Football League fixture at Victoria Road. That clash came in August 2007 when the Conference Champions raced into a two-goal lead before Matt Bloomfield halved the deficit with a close-range header. Deep into injury-time Sergio Torres was up-ended inside the box and Jermaine Easter converted from the spot to rescue a point with a 2-2 draw. The last meeting came in February 2009 when striker Jon-Paul Pittman notched his first goal for the club following his arrival from Crawley Town. It was enough to earn a 1-0 win as Peter Taylor's side went on to win promotion.

Gareth Ainsworth has a number of doubts ahead of his first game as boss. Goalkeeper Nikki Bull has been resting after pulling a thigh muscle whilst defender Anthony Stewart has missed the last two games with a dead leg. Midfielder Matt Bloomfield has been sidelined for three weeks with a groin problem and is still being monitored whilst midfielder Stuart Lewis has returned to training after suffering a stomach injury against the Dons. Winger Joel Grant may well need a fitness test on his hamstring injury.

Goalkeeper Matt Ingram is recovering from knee cartilage surgery and will miss the next fortnight. Midfielder Sam Wood and striker Dennis Oli are both about three weeks away following knee and ankle ligament damage respectively. Full-back Marvin McCoy continues his rehabilitation after fracturing his left fibula and damaging ankle ligaments and will be hoping to return by the end of November. Full-back Grant Basey has had surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments and will miss the rest of the season. The starting eleven against the Daggers might look something like this...

Jordan Archer

Danny Foster - Leon Johnson - Gary Doherty - Charles Dunne

Gareth Ainsworth - Matt Bloomfield - Matt Spring - Stuart Lewis

Joel Grant - Jo Kuffour

Subs: Lee Harrison, Adam Thompson, Matt Parsons, Dave Winfield, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Lee Angol, Dean Morgan, Olly Taylor

Dagenham and Redbridge are still searching for their first league win of the campaign and they almost got it last weekend when they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Rochdale at Spotland. Having got back on level terms, striker Dwight Gayle saw his lob hit the inside of the post and bounce out in the final minute. There is some symmetry to their record so far this season which reads L-D-L-D-L-D-L-D. You can get odds of 5/2 on that sequence continuing this weekend.

The Daggers squad has remained consistent so far this season despite the lack of victories. Midfielders Kevin Maher and Matt Saunders are the only players unavailable as they recover from long-term foot and ankle injuries respectively. There have only been two notable changes in team selection with central defender Luke Wilkinson preferred to midfielder Billy Bingham and Michael Spillane being pushed into the middle of the park. The second has been attack with Brian Woodall, Dwight Gayle, Josh Scott and Sam Williams all being rotated as Still searches for the best partnership. They will line-up something like this...

Chris Lewington

Gavin Hoyte - Scott Doe - Luke Wilkinson - Femi Ilesanmi

Abu Ogogo - Michael Spillane - Luke Howell

Dwight Gayle - Sam Williams - Medy Elito

Subs: Jordan Seabright, Danny Green, Dominic Green, Billy Bingham, Jake Reed, Josh Scott, Brian Woodall

The league table currently shows Wycombe in 21st place with 4 points from 7 games and Dagenham one place behind on goal difference in 22nd spot with 4 points from 8 games.

Dagenham's Home Record (All comps)...Won 1 - Drawn 2 - Lost 3

Wycombe's Away Record (All comps).....Won 1 - Drawn 0 - Lost 4

Last Five league Games

Dagenham.......DLDLD - 3 points (Rank-20)

Wycombe..........LDLLL - 1 point (Rank-22)

Dagenham's last five results (All Competitions)

JPT: Stevenage (H)............Won 3-2

Lg2: Southend (A)..............Lost 1-3

Lg2: Accrington (H)...........Drew 1-1

Lg2: Northampton (H).........Lost 0-1

Lg2: Rochdale (A).............Drew 2-2

Wycombe's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Southend (A)................Lost 0-1

Lg2: Cheltenham (H)...........Drew 1-1

Lg2: Chesterfield (A)............Lost 1-3

Lg2: Exeter (A)....................Lost 2-3

Lg2: AFC Wimbledon (H).......Lost 0-1

Dagenham Goal Stats (10 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 7.....Cups: 3...Total: 10

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 13...Cups: 3...Total: 16

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 2.....Cups: 3...Total: 5

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 4.....Cups: 3...Total: 7

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

Wycombe Goal Stats (8 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 7.....Cups: 0...Total: 7

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 11...Cups: 1...Total: 12

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 6.....Cups: 0...Total: 6

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 8.....Cups: 1...Total: 9

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

Dagenham's Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Michael Spillane.......3

Luke Howell.............2

Dwight Gayle...........2

Sam Williams...........1

Josh Scott................1

Brian Woodall...........1

Wycombe's Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)


Gareth Ainsworth......1

Stuart Beavon..........1

Matt Bloomfield.........1

Dean Morgan............1

Sam Wood...............1

Dagenham Shooting (Top-3) - League Only

Dwight Gayle.....12 on-target...9 off-target...0 against woodwork

Medy Elito...........5 on-target...6 off-target...0 against woodwork

Luke Howell........5 on-target...6 off-target...0 against woodwork

Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - League Only

Joel Grant.............2 on-target...5 off-target...0 against woodwork

Gareth Ainsworth...2 on-target...4 off-target...0 against woodwork

Matt Spring...........1 on-target...4 off-target...0 against woodwork

Shooting (Club) - League only

Dagenham...48 on target...53 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-4)

Wycombe.....17 on target...22 off target...0 against w'work (Rank-24)

Previous Meetings

1992/93 Con: Wycombe 1 Dag & Red 0

1992/93 BLT: Wycombe 3 Dag & Red 1

1992/93 BLT: Dag & Red 0 Wycombe 0

1992/93 Con: Dag & Red 1 Wycombe 2

2005/06 FLT: Wycombe 2 Dag & Red 1

2007/08 Lg2: Dag & Red 2 Wycombe 2

2007/08 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Dag & Red 1

2008/09 Lg2: Wycombe 2 Dag & Red 1

2008/09 Lg2: Dag & Red 0 Wycombe 1

The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is the experienced Scott Mathieson from Cheshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 1994. His most recent Wycombe game was a 3-2 win at Franchise in April 2010. During the current campaign he's issued 2 red and 21 yellow cards in 8 appearances.


Benny: Dagenham 1 Wycombe 0

Len: Dagenham 1 Wycombe 1

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Writer:Benny & Len
Date:Thursday September 27 2012
Time: 2:31PM

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