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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Preston

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12 March 2021

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End
Saturday 13th March 2021, k.o. 3pm GMT
Adams Park
Sky Bet Championship
Supporting: Level Playing Field

Wycombe play at home on a Saturday for just the third time in the league since Christmas, and it's a repeat of one of their high points of the season as Preston come to town.

North End were crushed 4-1 in the FA Cup third round meeting at Adams Park two months ago, with Gareth Ainsworth's men cruising into a 3-0 lead to put the game out of reach of the visitors and set up the clash with Spurs in the next round.

That result eased the frustration of two dropped points in the league fixture at Preston in December, when Wanderers' excellent second-half showing saw them storm into a 2-1 lead only to concede late on.

Alex Neil's men sit 21st in a table of home records, but sixth when judged on their away record, winning on eight of their 17 trips away from Deepdale, but only three victories from their last 13 overall leave them almost equidistant between the play-offs and relegation zone.

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Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 4-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup:

Team News
Jordan Obita and David Wheeler are Wanderers' two injury concerns, with both missing the midweek loss to QPR.

Preston welcomed back Alan Browne, Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire last weekend after their respective injuries, but Andrew Hughes, Ryan Ledson, Liam Lindsay,  Billy Bodin, Patrick Bauer, Declan Rudd and Louis Moult are still expected to be sidelined.

Wanderers will be in their regular home strip.

Man in the Middle
Tim Robinson has shown 89 yellow cards and five reds in his 30 games so far this season. He's officiated in 11 Wycombe games, most recently the 3-2 win at Luton in January 2018.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-0 Preston

Ryan Tafazolli's header wins it for the Blues.

13 March 2021

The Chairboys earned a hard-fought three points as they welcomed Preston North End to Adams Park on Saturday. A solid start and intense pressing in the first half saw Ryan Tafazolli get on the end of a number of Joe Jacobson corners, before he broke the deadlock in the 27th minute.

Preston came out fighting in the second half, but Wycombe weathered the storm well, and the introduction of some fresh legs midway through the half was practically seamless as the Chairboys professionally managed the game.

Wycombe made an excellent start - putting Preston under some great pressure. Ryan Tafazolli looked dangerous from set pieces early-on, as two Joe Jacobson corners were met by the Wycombe number six and sent goalwards but to no avail. 

Uche Ikpeazu and Anis Mehmeti were quick to turn the Preston North End defence around, with the latter skipping past a number of players on the left-hand side to get a shot away. The shot was off target, but the build-up play and skill shown by the young Chairboy to get past the Preston North End defence was a great omen.

Preston had their first chance of the game following a brief period of possession at the end of the first ten minutes. Ben Whiteman stepped up to take, but his shot was poorly placed and didn’t make it past the wall.

After a brief lull in intensity, Uche went close to grabbing the opener. A lofted ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by the Preston back line, and Daniel Iversen was called into action to keep out the tight-angled shot.

The chance didn’t come to completely nothing though, as the subsequent corner was whipped across the box once more, and this time Tafazolli’s header was powerful and well-placed enough to beat Iverson in the Preston goal.

The Chairboys continued to play with some great intent - moving the ball quickly, spreading the play wide and causing issues at the back. A fantastic link up by Garath McCleary and Anis Mehmeti, saw McCleary able to get a shot away. Close, but no cigar.

The end of the half saw Tafazolli with another chance - our number six looking like a number nine with the number of chances he’d enjoyed. Teed up for a shot on the edge of the box, Tafazolli made great contact on the ball, but it flew high over the bar. 

Half time: Wycombe 1-0 Preston North End.

Preston started the second half with a bit more flair than they had exhibited in the first 45 minutes. Three changes for the away side saw Daniel Johnson, Scott Sinclair and Ben Whiteman make way for Brad Potts, Tom Barkhuizen and Paul Gallagher.

A miscued David Stockdale goal kick gave Preston a chance to drive down the right wing early in the second half, and it took a well-timed Jacobson challenge to avert any danger. However, the away side were building up some momentum and possession, which was putting the narrow Wycombe lead in increasing doubt. 

The Chairboys were still creating chances, despite the Preston run of possession. Fantastic play between Dominic Gape and McCleary saw Gape’s shot tipped wide in the 65th minute, with Uche inches away from sliding in at the back post.

The away side weren’t taking anything sitting down in the second half though, and Wycombe were lucky to see Brad Potts drag his shot wide when he was through on the left hand side.

The 77th minute saw Gareth Ainsworth make his first change of the game. Dominic Gape, who had been down minutes before, was replaced by Nnamdi Ofoborh. The fresh legs made a difference, and some high pressing nearly saw the substitute through on goal. His selflessness was probably his undoing in this situation, as the final ball saw a turnover and the end of the opportunity.

McCleary and Uche also made way as Jack Grimmer and Admiral Muskwe entered the fray in the 86th minute.

The assistant indicated five minutes to be added on, and Wycombe pushed on. Mehmeti looked to be in space down the left hand side, and his classy skill saw him embarrass his marker and get a stingy shot away - just over the bar.


Full time: Wycombe 1-0 Preston North End

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