A patched up City side were brought down to Earth with a bump at rampant Shrewsbury, who all but clinched promotion with a comprehensive 4-0 victory, so Paul Tisdale will have to lift his troops quickly for a Tuesday night visit to another side looking to cement an automatic promotion place. Jordan Moore-Taylor missed the trip to Shropshire after picking up a knock against Newport, but this is thought to have been a precaution rather than anything serious and he will hope to return at Wycombe. Craig Woodman was a very late withdrawal on Saturday, indeed after the team sheet was announced, so assuming Moore-Taylor returns City may return to the formation and line-up that proved so successful of late. Tom Nichols is available again after suspension so he may replace Graham Cummins up front.
If prizes were given out for these sort of things, the “overachiever” prize would surely go to Wycombe. Having avoided relegation back into non-league on the final day of last season, and with financial constraints preventing them from acquiring a large squad, Gareth Ainsworth has worked wonders to keep the Chairboys up at the top of the league. One of the key aspects of Wycombe’s success has been that they are hard to beat, especially on the road, their painstaking style making them very hard to break down – they have lost just twice away from home, one of those defeats of course being against City. City will take encouragement from their home form being somewhat patchy in comparison, with Saturday’s 2-1 win over bottom side Cheltenham just their second since mid-January. Top scorer is Paul Hayes, once of that lot down the A38, who has 12 goals in all competitions, while Millwall loanee Fred Onyedinma has enjoyed an excellent spell in Buckinghamshire with eight goals, although he is without a goal in his last seven. Peter Murphy provides a threat from set pieces, the defender having registered seven times.
Wycombe were top of the league when they made the trip to Devon in October, and showed why in going ahead through Murphy, but goals from Wheeler and Bennett gave City the points. Last season’s fixture at Adams Park, again on a Tuesday night, saw the hosts again take the lead through Steven Craig before using all means, fair and mostly foul, to try to preserve their lead before Alan Gow eventually gave City a deserved share of the points. City hold the overall Football League head to head lead with four wins to Wycombe’s three (four draws).
Ground guide to Adams Park: http://www.exeweb.com/2012/08/05/the-things-you-need-to-know-adams-park/
Last season’s highlights