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The Big Match Preview: Accrington vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

27 November 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more..

Accrington Stanley vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 27th November 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Wham Stadium
Referee: Scott Oldham


First Plymouth, then Fleetwood, and now Accrington. The fixture calendar has thrown up a trio of midweek trips to far-flung places of the country this season, and after morale-boosting draws on the first two occasions, Wanderers would love to be bringing all three points back down the M6 tonight.

Few would have predicted a year ago that Accrington vs Wycombe would be a League 1 fixture but Stanley took the fourth tier by storm last season, winning the division and embarking on a strong start to the current campaign which took them into the play-off spots.

A succession of difficult fixtures leaves them enduring their longest winless run in the league for two years, but they'll hope to taste victory against a Wycombe side who've been formidable at home but are still waiting for a first away triumph since they took down Bradford in August.

The Wham Stadium hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent years, taking four points from the last five visits, but they head north full of confidence after Saturday's win over Shrewsbury and eager to go into an 11-day break with an unbeaten record in the league in November intact.

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Team News
Adam El-Abd is in line to play the 500th game of his club career, while David Stockdale will continue in goal after joining on an emergency loan last week. Michael Harriman was back on the bench on Saturday after injury, while Bryn Morris is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club Shrewsbury.

Accrington are expected to make changes after boss John Coleman was dissatisfied with their display in the 1-0 loss to Rochdale at the weekend. Midfielder Scott Brown is available again after suspension, and Andy Mangan and Harvey Rodgers have overcome injuries.

Man in the Middle
Scott Oldham was in charge of the 1-1 draw at Fleetwood last month, and has shown 39 yellow cards in 11 games so far, but is yet to distribute a red.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue shirt.

Tickets
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with no price increase.

What's more, Accrington have very generously offered a complimentary voucher for a hot dog and a hot drink or bottle of water for all Chairboys fans who buy a ticket for the game, either in advance or on the night.

Meanwhile, learn more in this Away Fans Guide, provided by Accrington Stanley.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20
Concessions (+64): £15
Students (with valid ID): £15
12-17 Years: £10
U12s: £5

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Wham Stadium from 6pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: BB5 5BX

Learn more in this Away Fans Guide, provided by Accrington Stanley.

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to northbound M6 (M40, M42). Leave the motorway at J29 and take the M65 (signed Burnley, Blackburn). Leave the M65 at Junction 7, taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout (A6185). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights opposite Clayton Business Park, following the A678 (sign posted Padiham). Follow the road over the canal bridge to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right again going over the motorway bridge and towards Accrington on the A680.  Carry straight on at the next set of lights with the Greyhound pub on your right.  Follow the road as it bends to the right and then take the first left after the Crown pub into Livingstone Road.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 211 (approx. journey time 3½ hours.

Recommended area for car parking
There is very limited parking available at the William Dyer Electrical Stand end. The price per game is £5 and can be pre-booked by phoning 01254 356950. Otherwise car parking is available on the streets surrounding the club.

Using the train?
As yet again this is a midweek fixture this is not an option as the last London bound train off Accrington is at 20:12hrs. For anyone travelling up by rail the best route is to use Virgin Trains out of Euston changing at Preston. Journey time is around 2 hours 42 minutes. Accrington station is about a mile away from the ground – walking time around 20 minutes.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 5,057 (2,000 seats). Visitors are mostly housed in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground. This can hold up to 1,800 fans after this area was recently extended. In addition, some seats are available in the Whinney Hill Stand. This has a mixture of seating and terrace and has the benefit of some cover, unlike the Coppice Terrace which is open to the elements.

Spare time on your hands?
The club website says that the Accrington Stanley Sports Bar located in the HML Recycling (Jack Barrett) Stand offers a warm welcome to all home and away supporters. The bar offers draft lager, draft cider and all standard pub drinks along with a selection of pies, plus it shows live sport on the big screens pre and post-match. The nearest pub is “The Crown”, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road. Another option is to go from the ground to the main road and head towards the town centre where you will find “The Grey Horse” PH. Opposite is the Oaklea Fish and Chip shop. This area is also good for street parking.

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Report: Accrington 1-2 Wycombe

Samuel wins it at the death.

27 November 2018

Wanderers came from behind to make it three league wins from four with a fantastic 2-1 triumph at Accrington on Tuesday night.

Sean McConville put the hosts in front and they could have been further ahead were it not for the heroics of David Stockdale in the Wycombe net.

But they had heroes at the other end too, and after Scott Kashket levelled matters with a clever finish, Alex Samuel smashed home as the clock struck 90 to rack up a first away win since August which lifts the Blues into 10th place.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that started in the 3-2 win over Shrewsbury on Saturday, calling Michael Harriman into the team for his 150th appearance for the Chairboys, while Craig Mackail-Smith was also handed a start as Joe Jacobson and Nathan Tyson dropped to the bench.

Accrington looked to play a possession game in the early changes without ever threatening the visitors’ penalty area, while the Blues had a higher tempo to their attacking endeavours, carving open a chance when Mackail-Smith’s dangerous cross flashed across goal and was cleared in the nick of time ahead of the onrushing Fred Onyedinma.

Wanderers’ high-press was effective, prompting Stanley into mistakes, and Mark Hughes’ ill judgment of Nick Freeman’s header over the backline almost presented a chance for Mackail-Smith, but his attempt to loft the ball over the stranded Connor Ripley was thwarted as the keeper recovered in time.

Sam Finley headed harmlessly over the bar with the hosts’ first chance on 13 minutes, but their opener owed a great deal to a fortunate ricochet when Billy Kee’s powerful drive from the edge of the area deflected into the path of Sean McConville, who stayed onside to poke home. The move had started with a clever passage of play from Dan Barlaser inside the Stanley box, with Jordan Clark also involved as he cut in from the right wing to present the chance for Kee.

Nick Freeman drilled a low shot on target on 25 minutes, though Ripley was equal to it, saving down to his left as Wanderers looked for a response, maintaining a threat with a quick-paced approach whenever they could seize possession.

David Stockdale made a fine save from Sam Finley’s swerving effort from distance, and followed it with another from Billy Kee’s snapshot as Stanley stepped on the gas around the half-hour mark, but Wanderers came close themselves, working the ball neatly to Jason McCarthy on the right wing, and his pass to Mackail-Smith saw the striker turn away from his man but lash over the bar with his left foot from 15 yards.

Stanley’s biggest threat came with Dan Barlaser playing the quarterback role, dropping deep to receive the ball as Wycombe pressed high, and releasing long raking passes into space down the flanks. It worked for the opening goal, and gave Jordan Clark a sight at goal before he was bundled over for a free-kick with McConville curled wide of the near post.

Then Billy Kee volleyed stylishly against the underside of the bar with a first-time shot from a superb cross from the right, as the hosts began to count themselves unlucky not to have been further ahead having carved out a number of decent opportunities.

That said, it hadn’t been a bad half from Wycombe, though the end product was lacking to make their creativity pay off, with Freeman and Onyedinma often running into dead ends as they bore down on goal.

There was time for one more excellent Stockdale save – tipping away another McConville free-kick – before the referee called time on the first half with Wanderers trailing 1-0.

The beginning of the second period will have given Wycombe encouragement as they held the upper hand in terms of possession in the middle third, taking a more patient approach with their play.

That said, there were no real chances for either side, though the Blues’ belief that they could find an equaliser would have risen with Stanley beginning to look wasteful in possession and lacking the spark that saw them threaten on a number of occasions before the interval.

Gareth Ainsworth introduced Nathan Tyson and Scott Kashket from the bench on 65 minutes with Freeman and Mackail-Smith making way, and Kashket almost had a sight of goal straight away, darting into the box but being denied by a crunching but well-timed challenge as he cut onto his left foot.

Then the game gathered pace with Stockdale making a comfortable save from Sam Finlay’s header before sparking an attack with a quick clearance, before Bryn Morris was called into action from the bench in place of Curtis Thompson.

And the equaliser arrived shortly afterwards. Wycombe moved the ball well across their backline and found Dom Gape in enough space for the midfielder to dink a dangerous cross towards the penalty spot. Knowing he had no chance of winning the header, Scott Kashket positioned himself well enough to meet the ball on the turn as it landed and drilled home to give the keeper no chance.

Accrington responded immediately, introducing striker Offrande Zanzala from the bench in place of captain Seamus Conneely, and they came close to retaking the lead in the scrappiest style, with Zanzala’s looping header across goal being turned goalwards by Kee, but it rebounded onto the line and Stockdale landed safely on top.

Stockdale was called upon again to make an excellent save from McConville’s curling free-kick on 88 minutes, before he launched a missile downfield which resulted with the ball hitting the Stanley net. Nathan Tyson’s ball to the wing looked too heavy for Alex Samuel, but the striker kept it alive to whip in a dangerous low cross which bounced back out to him, and he lashed it home from a tight angle to secure all three points in style.

There were three nervy minutes to hold on, but the Blues did that, and end their six-year wait for a victory in these parts.

Attendance: 1,740 (190 from Wycombe)

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