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Preview: Cheltenham Town v Wycombe Wanderers


Wycombe Wanderers travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday for their 31st league game of the season.

A much improved performance in the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town on Tuesday gave Blues' fans a lift after some disappointing displays in recent weeks.

Stuart Lewis scored his third goal in ten games to give Wycombe a half time lead. It was the first goal Wanderers had scored at Adams Park for eight and a quarter hours and the crowd went wild.

It was also a scorcher, and no-one deserved it more than Lewis who runs himself into the ground every time he dons a Wycombe shirt and has specifically worked on his shooting to add goals to his game.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the skipper's energy levels and when the Blues flagged as usual, Fleetwood were able to call on the services of 200K+ striker Jamille Matt who immediately caused problems, assisting Jon Parkin's equaliser and almost winning the game in the dying seconds.

Under normal circumstances, a draw with monied Fleetwood would be considered a reasonable point, but when you're as desperate for a victory as Wycombe, it's difficult not to be disappointed.

The unwanted stat now reads one win in the last eighteen league games, but the time has come to stop dwelling on what's already happened and start trying to affect what's yet to come.

Yes, we Wycombe fans have had an awful time of it for the last four months. It's been no fun at all, gates have certainly fallen as a result, and we all think things could have been done better, and maybe they could.

None of that matters now. We have just 16 games to pull away from the relegation zone and preserve our Football League status.

The manager is going nowhere. Any attempts to undermine his position are futile. It's also clear that he and the players are hurting as much as the fans, it was plain to see on the faces of Stuart Lewis and Sam Wood at Mansfield.

Wycombe fans can be brilliant when the mood takes them. Away from home they usually are, and the improved atmosphere on Tuesday was a reminder of how much better it is at Adams Park when the crowd really gets behind the team.

What should come first, the performance or the support? It doesn't really matter any more. The Conference is a difficult place to escape and we don't want to go there. The next 16 games are all cup finals.

The players won't win them all, but with our help they might win enough to survive.

First up are the Robins who have an identical record to ours over the last five games.


Here are all the stats...


League positions & comparison with last season

Wycombe (11 points worse off)

After 30 games this season the Chairboys are 22nd with 31 points

After 30 games last season they were 11th with 42 points


Cheltenham (13 points worse off)

After 30 games this season the Robins are 15th with 36 points

After 30 games last season they were 3rd with 49 points


Wycombe Away Record....W 4 - D 5 - L 5 - Pts 17...Ppg 1.21 (Rank-13)

Chelt'ham Home Record...W 3 - D 8 - L 4 - Pts 17...Ppg 1.13 (Rank-19)


Wycombe's last five games (All Competitions)

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

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

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

Lg2: Accrington (H).........Drew 0-0

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


Cheltenham's last five games (All Competitions)

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

Lg2: Plymouth (A)...........Drew 1-1

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

Lg2: York City (A)...........Drew 0-0

Lg2: Bristol Rovers (A)......Lost 0-1


Wycombe Goal Stats (37 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 33...Cups: 9...Total: 42

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 39...Cups: 7...Total: 46

Goals Scored (Away).........Lg: 20...Cups: 5...Total: 25

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 19...Cups: 2...Total: 21

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 4.....Cups: 2...Total: 6

Failed to Score...................Lg: 10...Cups: 1...Total: 11


Cheltenham Goal Stats (34 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 35...Cups: 8...Total: 43

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 40...Cups: 9...Total: 49

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 20...Cups: 7...Total: 27

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 20...Cups: 6...Total: 26

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 9.....Cups: 0...Total: 9

Failed to Score...................Lg: 6.....Cups: 1...Total: 7


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Matt McClure.............Lg: 4 - Cups: 2 - Total: 6

Dean Morgan............Lg: 6 - Cups: 0 - Total: 6

Paris Cowan-Hall.......Lg: 4 - Cups: 1 - Total: 5

Jo Kuffour.................Lg: 3 - Cups: 1 - Total: 4

Anthony Stewart........Lg: 3 - Cups: 1 - Total: 4

Steven Craig.............Lg: 2 - Cups: 1 - Total: 3

Max Kretzschmar.......Lg: 3 - Cups: 0 - Total: 3

Stuart Lewis..............Lg: 3 - Cups: 0 - Total: 3

Billy Knott.................Lg: 1 - Cups: 1 - Total: 2

Matt Bloomfield.........Lg: 0 - Cups: 1 - Total: 1

Gary Doherty............Lg: 0 - Cups: 1 - Total: 1

Kortney Hause..........Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Leon Johnson............Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Josh Scowen.............Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1

Sam Wood................Lg: 1 - Cups: 0 - Total: 1


Cheltenham's top Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Byron Harrison...........10

Jamie Cureton.............7

Matt Richards..............6

Terry Gornell..............4

Jermaine McGlashan....4

Troy Brown.................3

Steven Gillespie..........2

Jason Taylor...............2

Two other players have each scored 1 goal


Wycombe Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Dean Morgan.......12 on-target...21 off-target...1 against woodwork

Matt McClure........11 on-target...17 off-target...0 against woodwork

Stuart Lewis.........11 on-target...17 off-target...0 against woodwork


Cheltenham Shooting (Top-3) - (All Competitions)

Byron Harrison.....24 on-target...29 off-target...0 against woodwork

Terry Gornell........23 on-target...22 off-target...1 against woodwork

J McGlashan.........12 on-target...28 off-target...0 against woodwork


Shooting (Club) - (League only)

Wycombe.....113 on target...134 off target...3 against w'work (Rank-22)

Cheltenham..116 on target...184 off target...5 against w'work (Rank-9)


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Wycombe......8 Red Cards - 73 Yellow Cards (1 red card rescinded)

Cheltenham...0 Red Cards - 45 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season

Wycombe.....Pld: 30...W: 7...D: 10...L: 13...Pts: 31...Pts per game: 1.03

Cheltenham..Pld: 30...W: 8...D: 12...L: 10...Pts: 36...Pts per game: 1.20


Last Five league Games

Wycombe..........DLLDD - 3 points (Rank-22)

Cheltenham.......LDDDL - 3 points (Rank-22)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Wycombe.........DWDDL - 6 points (Rank-14)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Cheltenham......DWLLD - 5 points (Rank-15)


Against Top Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 14...Pts: 12...Pts per game: 0.86...(Rank-19)

Cheltenham....Pld: 14...Pts: 15...Pts per game: 1.07...(Rank-12)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Wycombe.......Pld: 16...Pts: 19...Pts per game: 1.19...(Rank-22)

Cheltenham....Pld: 16...Pts: 21...Pts per game: 1.31...(Rank-20)


First Half v Second Half - Performance Comparison

First-Half

Wycombe.....W: 10...D: 12...L: 8...Gf:14...Ga:13...Ppg: 1.40 (Rank-8)

Cheltenham..W: 7...D: 13...L: 10...Gf:16...Ga:23...Ppg: 1.13 (Rank-18)


Second-Half

Wycombe.....W: 6...D: 11...L: 13...Gf:19...Ga:26...Ppg: 0.97 (Rank-22)

Cheltenham..W: 12...D: 8...L: 10...Gf:19...Ga:17...Ppg: 1.47 (Rank-8)


Previous Meetings

In 32 previous meetings there have been 11 wins for Cheltenham, 10 for Wycombe and 11 draws.

At Whaddon Road the tally is 5 wins for the Robins, 4 for the Chairboys and 5 draws.

1980/81 FAT: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 1

1985/86 GLg: Cheltenham 4 Wycombe 2

1987/88 Con: Cheltenham 2 Wycombe 2

1988/89 Con: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 1

1989/90 Con: Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 1

1990/91 Con: Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 0

1991/92 Con: Cheltenham 2 Wycombe 1

2002/03 FLT: Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 2

2002/03 Lg1: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 0

2004/05 Lg2: Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 1

2005/06 Lg2: Cheltenham 2 Wycombe 1

2005/06 Poff: Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 0

2010/11 Lg2: Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 2

2012/13 Lg2: Cheltenham 4 Wycombe 0


The Man In The Middle

Saturday's referee is Tony Harrington from Cleveland who was promoted to the National List of referees in 2012. His last Wycombe game was a 2-0 win at Accrington in December 2012 in which he sent off Matt McClure after 56 minutes. During the current campaign he's issued 5 red and 48 yellow cards in 19 games.


Prediction

Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 2




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Date:Thursday February 13 2014

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