Writer: Benny & Len
Date:Monday October 7 2013
Wycombe Wanderers will be looking to end a run of three games without a win when they host League One Bristol City in a Football League Trophy second round tie at Adams Park on Tuesday evening.
Bristol City are in a terrible run of form. They haven`t won any of their last 18 league matches which has seen them relegated from the Championship and they currently sit in 20th place in the League One table, above the relegation zone only by virtue of a superior goal difference.
On Saturday, they suffered late heartbreak at Vale Park when they went into the final minute leading through Scott Wagstaff`s strike only for Lee Hughes to pounce on defender Aden Flint`s dreadful backpass, round goalkeeper Elliot Parish and slot home the equaliser.
Wycombe Wanderers fans meanwhile had to endure yet another dreadful home display against Burton Albion. The visitors were worthy winners and showed the kind of close control and passing ability that left the home fans wistful for days not so long past.
Billy Kee showed great technique with his first goal, whilst all those in Blue showed was a clumsy recklessness summed up in both of Charles Dunne`s challenges that ended with his second red card in as many starts, and in Gary Doherty`s tackle on Kee that led to a penalty and the second goal.
There were precious few positives to take from the game. Matt Ingram continued to show his pedigree but there was little else and back-to-back league defeats see the Blues drop into the bottom half of the table down to 13th place in League Two.
Bristol City will be making their first visit to Adams Park in almost ten years this week. It will be their tenth overall and they`ll be looking for their fifth victory with both sides having won four games, with just the one draw.
That came in the very first meeting at Adams Park in December 1995 under Alan Smith. Loan striker Gary Blissett gave the hosts a 20th minute lead but Brian Tinnion`s lob over goalkeeper Ben Roberts in the 70th minute drew the Robins level and they twice hit the woodwork in the final stages.
Two stunning goals from Dave Carroll and Steve McGavin gave the Blues a 2-0 win in May 1997 but City won 2-1 in the meeting in March 1998 courtesy of a brace from striker Colin Cramb. Mo Harkin had levelled for the hosts in the second half before a mix-up between Martin Taylor and Jason Kavanagh gifted Cramb a late winner.
It was the first of three successive 2-1 victories for the Robins, with Sean Devine`s effort sandwiched between goals from Tony Thorpe and Damien Spencer on April Fools Day in 2000 before Thorpe notched a brace on wet October afternoon later in the year. Andy Rammell`s header cancelled out Thorpe`s penalty in the first half but Thorpe won it in the second half.
Three successive victories followed for the Chairboys with an exciting 2-1 win in February 2002. Lee Peacock had given the visitors a 63rd minute but Sean Devine smashed home a free-kick to level just seven minutes later. Mark Rogers then snatched the winner three minutes later when he touched home Darren Currie`s corner at the far post.
The Wanderers saw in 2003 with another enjoyable victory on New Years Day. Roger Johnson headed home to break the deadlock four minutes after the break and Steve Brown`s penalty doubled the lead after Jonny Dixon had been brought down in the box. Tinnion scored a late penalty for the visitors but they were unable to find an equaliser.
The biggest home win for the Blues came in unlikely circumstances in October 2003. John Gorman was in caretaker charge following the sacking of Lawrie Sanchez and the Robins were reduced to ten men seven minutes before half time when Tommy Doherty (remember him?) was sent off for an attempted head-butt on Dannie Bulman.
Two minutes later Gavin Holligan met Danny Senda`s cross with a header that beat Steve Phillips. Holligan doubled the lead midway through the second half when he poked home Stuart Roberts` low cross and the three points were sealed in the final minute when Bulman`s through ball was finished with aplomb by Jermaine McSporran.
The last meeting was one to forget. It came in a low-key League Cup first round tie in August 2004 following relegation and the summer changes off-the-pitch. Leroy Lita`s header with twenty minutes remaining gave the visitors a deserved 1-0 win.
Gareth Ainsworth admitted after the defeat to Burton Albion that he is likely to play several fringe players against the Robins this week. His options are becoming increasingly restricted with a host of players considered doubtful or ruled-out altogether. Charles Dunne is a definite absentee following his red card and he will also miss the clash with Torquay United at the weekend as he is away on international duty.
Dean Morgan won`t be involved due to a nerve problem in his thigh whilst strikers Jon-Paul Pittman and Steven Craig are doubtful with a hamstring problem and illness respectively. Defender Leon Johnson is also struggling with a thigh injury whilst goalkeeping coach Lee Harrison is recovering from a calf injury.
Winger Paris Cowan-Hall will be looking for more game time after making his first appearance in six weeks following his recovery from a knee ligament injury. Midfielder Josh Scowen came off the bench as a second half substitute following an ankle problem and could be handed a start. Young defender Tommy Fletcher is also available after returning to training following a knock.
Defender Gary Doherty could well be rested after a disappointing display at the weekend with defender Anthony Stewart pushing for a place in the starting eleven. Matt Bloomfield may well be handed his first start of the season after his recovery from long-term injury and Matt Spring could also return to the squad.
The Wanderers could line up like this (4-2-3-1):
Marvin McCoy - Anthony Stewart - Kortney Hause - Sam Wood
Billy Knott - Josh Scowen
Paris Cowan-Hall - Matt Bloomfield - Matt Spring
Subs: Charlie Horlock, Tommy Fletcher, Nick Arnold, Max Kretzschmar, Stuart Lewis, Junior Morias, Jo Kuffour
Bristol City boss Sean O`Driscoll may be tempted to name a strong line-up as their League One clash with Crawley Town at Ashton Gate next weekend has been postponed due to international call-ups. Aden Flint could be rested having not trained last week due to a knee injury. Defender Louis Carey remains doubtful due to illness.
Midfielder Neil Kilkenny is a doubt after missing out at the weekend with a knock whilst midfielder Jordan Wynter is unlikely to be involved having only just returned to training following a knee injury. Defender Lewis Dunk could make his full debut after signing on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion last week.
Defender James O`Connor is sidelined with a thigh injury, midfielder Stephen Pearson is recovering from ankle surgery whilst midfielders Liam Kelly and Toby Ajala are both ruled-out with knee injuries.
There are a trio of ex-Chairboys in the Robins squad, all of whom were loanees. Goalkeepers Elliot Parish and Frank Fielding will fight it out for a place between the sticks whilst midfielder Marlon Pack is set to continue in the centre of the park.
The Robins lined-up like this last time out (4-4-2):
Brendan Moloney - Aden Flint - Derrick Williams - Nicky Shorey
Joe Bryan - Bobby Reid - Marlon Pack - Scott Wagstaff
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Sam Baldock
Subs: Frank Fielding, Greg Cunningham, Lewis Dunk, Marvin Elliott, Stephen McLaughlin, Marlon Harewood, Ryan Taylor
Here are all the stats...
In the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Wycombe won 2-0 at Exeter City while Bristol City won 2-1 at home to local rivals Bristol Rovers.
Wycombe are 13th in League Two with 14 points from 10 games.
Bristol City are 20th in League One with 6 points from 10 games.
Wycombe's Home Record (All comps)......W 2 - D 1 - L 3
Bristol City's Away Record (All comps).....W 1 - D 3 - L 3
Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)
Lg2: Hartlepool (A).........Won 2-1
Lg2: Plymouth (A)..........Won 3-0
Lg2: York City (H).........Drew 1-1
Lg2: Rochdale (A)...........Lost 2-3
Lg2: Burton (H)..............Lost 1-2
Bristol City's last five games (All Competitions)
Lg1: Shrewsbury (H)......Drew 1-1
Lg1: Swindon (A).............Lost 2-3
LgCup Southampton (A)...Lost 0-2
Lg1: Colchester (H)........Drew 1-1
Lg1: Port Vale (A)..........Drew 1-1
Wycombe Goal Stats (12 games in all Competitions)
Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 14...Cups: 3...Total: 17
Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 12...Cups: 2...Total: 14
Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 5....Cups: 1...Total: 6
Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 5....Cups: 2...Total: 7
Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 2....Cups: 1...Total: 3
Failed to Score...................Lg: 2....Cups: 0...Total: 2
Bristol City Goal Stats (14 games in all Competitions)
Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 15...Cups: 6...Total: 21
Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 21...Cups: 4...Total: 25
Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 10...Cups: 2...Total: 12
Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 12...Cups: 2...Total: 14
Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 0.....Cups: 1...Total: 1
Failed to Score...................Lg: 1.....Cups: 1...Total: 2
Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)
Bristol City Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)
Jay E Thomas...........7
Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)
Dean Morgan.........8 on-target...9 off-target...1 against woodwork
Max Kretzschmar...4 on-target...5 off-target...0 against woodwork
Billy Knott.............2 on-target...7 off-target...0 against woodwork
Bristol City Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)
Jay E Thomas........19 on-target...21 off-target...0 against woodwork
Sam Baldock.........13 on-target...14 off-target...1 against woodwork
Scott Wagstaff.........4 on-target.....6 off-target...0 against woodwork
Shooting (Club) - (League only)
Wycombe..........32 on target...45 off target...2 against w'work
Bristol City.........43 on target...71 off target...3 against w'work
Discipline - (All Competitions)
Wycombe........3 Red Cards - 27 Yellow Cards
Bristol City......0 Red Cards - 17 Yellow Cards
In 18 previous meetings there have been 8 wins for Bristol City, 6 for Wycombe and 4 draws.
At Adams Park the tally is 4 wins for the Robins, 4 for the Chairboys and 1 draw.
1995/96 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Bristol City 1
1996/97 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Bristol City 0
1997/98 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2
1999/00 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2
2000/01 Lg1: Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2
2001/02 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Bristol City 1
2002/03 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Bristol City 1
2003/04 Lg1: Wycombe 3 Bristol City 0
2004/05 LgCp Wycombe 0 Bristol City 1
The Man In The Middle
Tuesday's referee is Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire who was promoted to the National list of Referees in 2005. His most recent Wycombe game was a 2-0 defeat to Bury at Adams Park in August 2011. During the current campaign He's issued 3 red and 22 yellow cards in 8 games.
Wycombe 1 Bristol City 1
Date:Monday October 7 2013
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