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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley


Wycombe Wanderers will want to get back to winning ways when they travel to the Crown Ground to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday having conceding a last minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Morecambe at Adams Park last weekend.

The less said about the 'performance' of referee Andy D'Urso the better, but the Adams Park crowd hasn't been reduced to level of booing and cat-calling since the likes of Frazer Stretton were waddling around the pitch in the last century! His decision to show winger Joel Grant a straight red card three minutes before half-time for a challenge with Shrimps' midfielder Andrew Wright proved to be pivotal as it completely changed the pattern of the game.

The opening 45 minutes had seen the hosts utterly dominate their visitors, whose manager, Jim Bentley, described it as their worse display of the season. Sadly there was only a solitary Dean Morgan goal to show for the Blues superiority. Morgan then gave the home fans real hope of collecting all three points when he scored a fabulous solo second goal five minutes after the re-start. Morecambe controlled the game from that point onwards however, and they pulled a goal back just before the hour when Richard Brodie was afforded a free header. Chalk another one up for zonal marking?

The Chairboys put in a gutsy defensive performance but just as they appeared to have done enough, Marvin McCoy (in his ice skates) failed to prevent Lewis Alessandra from crossing the ball and Nick Fenton headed back across goal for substitute Jack Redshaw to head home from inside the six yard box. The three points could still have been won in the six minutes of injury-time but the D'Urso pantomime had one last hurrah as a clear foul on Josh Scowen went unpunished.

The point stretches the Blues unbeaten run in League Two to four games but leaves them in 19th place just five points above the bottom two. Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that lost at Yeovil Town in the FLT. Teenage centre-back Kortney Hause was handed his full debut for the club and didn't put a foot wrong. Both Joel Grant and striker Matt McClure were recalled and the central midfield duo of Josh Scowen and Stuart Lewis also returned from suspensions. Charles Dunne reverted to right-back. Marvin McCoy and midfielders Jesse Kewley-Graham and Junior Morias dropped to the bench with Matt Spring and Ade Azeez missing out through suspension and injury respectively.

This weekend will be the Wanderers' fifth visit to the Crown Ground to face Accrington Stanley. The first ever meeting between the two clubs came back on a sunny afternoon in September 2006. Paul Lambert's side found themselves a goal down at the break after Ian Craney's powerful free-kick beat goalkeeper Ricardo Batista to find the postage stamp. Defender Will Antwi levelled for the visitors ten minutes into the second half and it looked to be enough to take a point until the 90th minute when possession was conceded cheaply in midfield and the ball played forward for substitute Andy Mangan to sweep home the winner.

That 2-1 reverse remains the only defeat in our four visits to date. The next clash came in February 2008 when current Celtic boss Neil Lennon was handed his debut for the Chairboys. Striker Scott McGleish broke the deadlock inside the opening quarter of an hour after turning home Tommy Doherty's cross. McGleish then saw his penalty saved by home goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin after Sergio Torres had been up-ended in the box. It didn't prove costly though as the points were sealed with a quarter of an hour remaining when Leon Knight ran onto goalkeeper Frank Fielding's long punt forward to tuck home and make it 2-0.

Eight months later the sides renewed acquaintances on a wet October afternoon with Peter Taylor having taken over the reigns. A dull first half didn't improve much after the break and with 90 minutes on the clock Chris Zebroski ran onto a long ball to smuggle it past Dunbavin and the ball trickled over the line and into the net. There was yet another late goal in the last meeting back in September 2010. Matt Bloomfield had given Gary Waddock's men a deserved lead midway through the second half but their profligate finishing came back to haunt them as Rory Boulding fired home an equaliser fourth minutes into injury-time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Stanley.

Gareth Ainsworth will have to make at least one change this weekend with winger Joel Grant serving the first of a three match suspension. He could recall himself for what is likely to be a gritty encounter on one of the more 'agricultural' pitches in the division. Other options include Junior Morias and Dennis Oli. Leon Johnson is rated doubtful but Jo Kuffour could make the bench after recovering from illness. The defensive trio of Anthony Stewart, Danny Foster and Gary Doherty remain sidelined as does loan striker Ade Azeez. Matt Spring serves the second of a three match ban.

Here's the current list of players availability...

Jo Kuffour (Attacker) - available (wasn't involved last weekend due to illness but did play in 'reserve' friendly against Fulham in midweek having recovered from an ankle ligament injury)

Leon Johnson (Centre Back) - doubtful (specific nature of injury has yet to be made public)

Joel Grant - suspended (serves the first of a three match ban after being sent-off last weekend)

Matt Spring (Midfielder) - suspended (serves the second of a three match ban)

Anthony Stewart (Right / Centre Back) - ruled out with a thigh injury (expected to return to training shortly)

Gary Doherty (Centre Back) - ruled out with a back injury (expected to return to training shortly)

Ade Azeez (Attacker) - ruled-out with a hamstring injury (receiving treatment from parent club Charlton Athletic)

Danny Foster (Right Back) - ruled out with a knee injury (will be at least a fortnight until the bruising around the bone subsides and the injury can be assessed fully)

Matt Bloomfield (Midfielder) - ruled out with a groin injury (will be sidelined for at least two more months)

Grant Basey (Left-Back) - ruled out with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury (continues his rehabilitation following surgery and is unlikely to play again this season)

The Chairboys starting eleven could look something like this (4-4-2):

Jordan Archer

Charles Dunne - Dave Winfield - Kortney Hause - Sam Wood

Gareth Ainsworth - Josh Scowen - Stuart Lewis - Bruno Andrade

Dean Morgan - Matt McClure

Subs: Lee Harrison, Marvin McCoy, Georges Ehui, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Junior Morias, Jo Kuffour, Dennis Oli

Accrington Stanley are currently 17th in the table, just two places and three points above the Blues. They have won just three games at home all season and have won just one of their last eight matches in all competitions. Manager Leam Richardson, like his opposite number, is a rookie boss in his first season in charge at the Crown Ground having taken over from Paul Cook, who left join Chesterfield in October. Richardson is boosted by the return of Captain and defender Dean Winnard. He served a one match ban in the 1-0 defeat away at Burton Albion last weekend. Striker James Beattie is expected to overcome a knock in time to feature against the Blues.

First choice goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Richardson has moved quickly to sign Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Rabchuka on an emergency loan. He won't have fond memories of his last meeting with Wycombe when he conceded four goals in 45 minutes whilst on loan with Leyton Orient back in March. There is just one Stanley player to have played for the Chairboys in the past, albeit a loanee in the shape of Watford winger Matty Whichelow. He wasn't included in the squad last time out however.

Accrington Stanley could line-up something like this at the weekend (4-4-2):

Paul Rabchuka

Dean Winnard - Aristote Nsiala - Peter Murphy - Michael Liddle

Piero Mingoia - George Miller - Luke Joyce - Lee Molyneux

James Beattie - Padraig Amond

Subs: Andrew Dawber, Tom Eckersley, James Gray, Will Hatfield, Charlie Barnett, Craig Lindfield, Romo Boco


Here are all the stats...


The league table currently shows Wycombe in 19th place with 23 points and Accrington in 17th spot with 26 points, both sides having played 21 games.


Acc'ton Home Record......W 3 - D 2 - L 5 - Pts 11...Ppg 1.10 (Rank-18)

Wycombe Away Record...W 3 - D 1 - L 6 - Pts 10...Ppg 1.00 (Rank-17)


Accrington's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Fleetwood (A)...........Won 3-1

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

Lg2: Rotherham (H)..........Lost 1-2

FAC: Oxford (H)..............Drew 3-3

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


Wycombe's last five results (All Competitions)

Lg2: Rotherham (A)...........Won 3-2

Lg2: Burton (H).................Won 3-0

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (H).......Won 2-0

JPT: Yeovil (A)...................Lost 0-2

Lg2: Morecambe (H).........Drew 2-2


Accrington Goal Stats (25 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 26...Cups: 7...Total: 33

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 32...Cups: 7...Total: 39

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 11...Cups: 3...Total: 14

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 15...Cups: 5...Total: 20

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 6.....Cups: 0...Total: 6

Failed to score...................Lg: 5.....Cups: 2...Total: 7


Wycombe Goal Stats (25 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 25...Cups: 4...Total: 29

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 32...Cups: 8...Total: 40

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 12...Cups: 4...Total: 16

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 20...Cups: 8...Total: 28

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 5.....Cups: 0...Total: 5

Failed to score...................Lg: 6.....Cups: 2...Total: 8


Accrington's Top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Padraig Amond........7

Romuald Boco.........7

Will Hatfield.............4

Peter Murphy...........3

James Beattie..........3

George Miller...........3

Six other players have each scored 1 goal


Wycombe's Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Joel Grant................7

Matt McClure............5

Dean Morgan............5

Gareth Ainsworth......2

OG..........................2

Bruno Andrade.........1

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

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

Gary Doherty...........1

Josh Scowen............1

Matt Spring..............1

Dave Winfield...........1

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


Accrington Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Romuald Boco....20 on-target...18 off-target...0 against woodwork

Padraig Amond...19 on-target.....9 off-target...0 against woodwork

Luke Joyce.........11 on-target.....6 off-target...0 against woodwork


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - All Comps

Dean Morgan.......20 on-target...14 off-target...2 against woodwork

Joel Grant...........16 on-target...17 off-target...0 against woodwork

Charles Dunne......8 on-target.....9 off-target...1 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - League only

Accrington.....84 on target...77 off target...4 against w'work (Rank-22)

Wycombe......84 on target...88 off target...5 against w'work (Rank-21)


Most Assists

Accrington - Luke Joyce...........3

Wycombe - Lewis & Grant........3


Discipline - All Comps

Accrington - 1 Red Card - 32 Yellow Cards

Wycombe - 4 Red Cards - 40 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season


Accrington...Pld: 21...W: 7...D: 5...L: 9.....Pts: 26...Pts per game: 1.24

Wycombe....Pld: 21...W: 6...D: 5...L: 10...Pts: 23...Pts per game: 1.10


Last Five league Games

Accrington.......DWDLL - 5 points (Rank-17)

Wycombe.....LWWWD - 10 points (Rank-3)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Accrington.......LWLDL - 4 points (Rank-22)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe......WLDLW - 7 points (Rank-11)


Against Top Half Opposition

Accrington......Pld: 12...Pts: 14...Pts per game: 1.17...(Rank-11)

Wycombe.......Pld: 11...Pts: 13...Pts per game: 1.18...(Rank-10)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Accrington......Pld: 9.....Pts: 12...Pts per game: 1.33...(Rank-20)

Wycombe.......Pld: 10...Pts: 10...Pts per game: 1.00...(Rank-22)


Record in First Half of games

Wycombe......W: 7...D: 7.....L: 7.....Pts: 28 (Rank-10)

Accrington.....W: 4...D: 10...L: 7.....Pts: 22 (Rank 20)


Record in Second Half of games

Wycombe......W: 4...D: 8.....L: 9.....Pts: 20 (Rank-22)

Accrington.....W: 5...D: 10...L: 6.....Pts: 25 (Rank 15)


Previous Meetings

In 8 previous meetings there have been 3 wins for Wycombe, 3 for Accrington and 2 draws.

At the Crown Ground the tally is 2 wins for the Chairboys, 1 for Stanley and 1 draw.

2006/07 LG2: Accrington 2 Wycombe 1

2006/07 LG2: Wycombe 1 Accrington 1

2007/08 LG2: Wycombe 0 Accrington 1

2007/08 LG2: Accrington 0 Wycombe 2

2008/09 LG2: Accrington 0 Wycombe 1

2008/09 LG2: Wycombe 2 Accrington 1

2010/11 LG2: Accrington 1 Wycombe 1

2010/11 LG2: Wycombe 1 Accrington 2


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Tony Harrington from Cleveland who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2012. This will be his first Wycombe game. So far this season he's issued 4 red and 33 yellow cards in 13 appearances.


Predictions

Benny: Accrington 1 Wycombe 1

Len: Accrington 1 Wycombe 1




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Date:Thursday December 13 2012

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