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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Bury


Wycombe Wanderers entertain Bury at Adams Park on Saturday in their sixth league game of the season.

After averaging two points per game in their opening five League matches, Wanderers will be hoping to continue an encouraging start to their campaign.

The Chairboys have exited both the League Cup and the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy at the first hurdle following 1-0 defeats to higher league opposition. After Millwall ousted the Blues at the Den by a solitary goal, there was a familiar tale on Tuesday as Coventry City won 1-0 at Adams Park.

The result aside, there were plenty of positives to take from the performance. The back five remained unchanged but some changes to the front six saw Matt Bloomfield, Stuart Lewis, Max Kretzschmar and Danny Rowe line up in midfield with Matt McClure and Aaron Holloway up front. Surprisingly Rotherham loanee Nicky Walker was not called upon. Plenty of goalscoring opportunities were created but profligacy from McClure on three occasions meant Lee Burge in the Coventry goal was left untroubled in the first period.

After conceding a 65th minute opener to a Josh McQuoid volley the Blues threw everything at their opponents but could not force a way through. Lewis was inches wide with a hooked volley, Aaron Pierre blasted the crossbar with a header, another corner saw Alfie Mawson flick a header narrowly wide and a last gasp Sido Jombati header was blocked on the line by Wycombe striker Steven Craig.

Other encouraging news this week has been the extension of teenage defender Alfie Mawson`s loan spell from Brentford until January. Elsewhere striker Junior Morias was released by mutual consent but there was no further activity on deadline day and Gareth Ainsworth will be happy to keep hold of the likes of Josh Scowen and Matt Ingram.

Matt McClure came off with a knock on Tuesday and Aaron Holloway looked very tired so Ainsworth may be tempted to start with the same team that lined up at York City a week ago with Craig and Paul Hayes leading the line with Cowan-Hall, Rowe, Murphy and Wood restored to the midfield four.

Bury have also enjoyed a strong start to the campaign and they too sit on ten points after five games. The Shakers were awarded a bye in the first round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy and thus have had a couple more days rest than ourselves.

Despite what Chairman Stewart Day may say, the Shakers have spent a fair whack on assembling a competitive squad this season. Excellent finishes from summer signings Danny Rose and Danny Mayor secured a 2-1 with over Accrington Stanley on Saturday. Defender Jim McNulty was sent off during the match for two bookable offences and will miss Saturday`s fixture.

They suffered a 3-2 extra time defeat at Bolton Wanderers in the opening round of the League Cup and lost their opening game 1-0 to Cheltenham Town at Gigg Lane. Since then it has been an upward curve with the success over Accrington being added to by a 2-0 win at Hartlepool United, a 2-1 home success over Plymouth Argyle and a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road against newly promoted Luton Town.

Signings for the Shakers this summer include left back Chris Hussey (Burton Albion), Ryan Lowe and Joe Thompson (both Tranmere Rovers), Kelvin Etuhu and Danny Rose (both Barnsley), goalkeeper Shwan Jalal (Bournemouth), James Poole (Hartlepool United) and Danny Mayor (Sheffield Wednesday). This week, midfielder Duane Holmes joined on loan from Huddersfield Town.

Exiting Gigg Lane in the close season were veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen and Lewis Young (both Crawley Town), Trevor Carson (Cheltenham Town) Joe Widdowson (signed and loaned to Morecambe), Ashley Grimes (Walsall), Tommy Miller (Hartlepool United) and Navid Nasseri (Birmingham City, undisclosed).

Here are some early season stats…


Bury's season so far

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

LgCup: Bolton (A).........Lost 2-3

Lg2: Hartlepool (A).......Won 2-0

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

Lg2: Plymouth (H).........Won 2-1

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


Wycombe's season so far

Lg2: Newport (A)..........Won 2-0

LgCup:......Millwall (A) - Lost 0-1

Lg2: Carlisle (H)...........Won 3-1

Lg2: Tranmere (H)........Lost 0-2

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

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

JPT: Coventry (H)..........Lost 0-1


League positions & comparison with last season

Bury (3 points better off)

After 5 games this season the Shakers are 6th with 10 points

After 5 games last season they were 10th with 7 points

Wycombe (3 points better off)

After 5 games this season the Chairboys are 5th with 10 points

After 5 games last season they were 11th with 7 points


Bury Goal Stats (6 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 7...Cups: 2...Total: 9

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

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

Goals Conceded (Away).....Lg: 1...Cups: 3...Total: 4

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


Wycombe Goal Stats (7 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)..........Lg: 8...Cups: 0...Total: 8

Goals Conceded (Total)......Lg: 4...Cups: 2...Total: 6

Goals Scored (Home).........Lg: 3...Cups: 0...Total: 3

Goals Conceded (Home).....Lg: 3...Cups: 1...Total: 4

Clean Sheets.....................Lg: 2...Cups: 0...Total: 2


Bury Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

Rose.....................4

Lowe.....................1

McNulty.................1

Mayor...................1

Nardiello...............1

Soares..................1


Wycombe Goal Scorers - (All Competitions)

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

Paul Hayes...............2 (inc 1 pen)

Paris Cowan-Hall.......1

Matt McClure............1

Aaron Pierre.............1


Wycombe Assists

Sam Wood.................3

Paris Cowan-Hall.........2

Max Kretzschmar........1

Stuart Lewis...............1


Discipline - (All Competitions)

Bury...............1 Red Card - 12 Yellow Cards

Wycombe........0 Red Cards - 8 Yellow Cards


Bury's League Record last season

Home - W:8 - D:12 - L:3 - GF:33 GA:23 - Pts:36

Away - W:5 - D:8 - L:10 - GF:26 GA:28 - Pts:23

Total - W:13 - D:20 - L:13 - GF:59 GA:51- Pts:59

Final position: 12th in League Two


Wycombe's League Record last season

Home - W:6 - D:6 - L:11 - GF:20 GA:27 - Pts:24

Away - W:6 - D:8 - L:9 - GF:26 GA:27 - Pts:26

Total - W:12 - D:14 - L:20 - GF:46 GA:54 - Pts:50

Final position: 22nd in League Two


Previous Meetings

In 26 previous meetings there have been 12 wins for Wycombe, 9 for Bury and 5 draws.

At Adams Park the tally is 8 wins for the Blues, 5 for the Shakers and 0 draws.

1993/94 Lg2: Wycombe 2 Bury 1

1996/97 Lg1: Wycombe 0 Bury 1

1999/00 Lg1: Wycombe 3 Bury 0

2000/01 Lg1: Wycombe 2 Bury 1

2001/02 Lg1: Wycombe 0 Bury 2

2004/05 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Bury 2

2005/06 Lg2: Wyc ombe 4 Bury 0

2006/07 Lg2: Wycombe 3 Bury 0

2007/08 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Bury 0

2008/09 Lg2: Wycombe 2 Bury 1

2010/11 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Bury 0

2011/12 Lg1: Wycombe 0 Bury 2

2013/14 Lg2: Wycombe 1 Bury 2


The Man In The Middle
Saturday's referee is Kevin Johnson from Somerset who is enjoying his first season on the National list of Referees. So far, he's issued 0 red and 13 yellow cards in 5 games.


Prediction

Wycombe 1 Bury 1




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Writer: Dale Jenkins Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 4 2014

Time: 12:26AM

 

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