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JP: Support can inspire again

23 August 2013

Jon-Paul Pittman says Wanderers fans can make the difference again when the Chairboys travel to local rivals and his former side Oxford United on Saturday.

The U’s have started the season in style, winning their opening three games to sit on top of Sky Bet League 2.

However, the Blues were victorious on their last visit to the Kassam Stadium, and Pittman, who was in that Oxford team, believes the level of support Gareth Ainsworth’s men received was a big lift to the side.

“I look forward to all the games, but going back to your old club is always something to look forward to, it’s something special,” he told Chairboys Player.

“It was a really good game last year and I enjoyed it, despite being on the losing side. Wycombe turned up that day and played really well.

“It was strange (playing against Wycombe) because the fans had always supported me, and even as an opposing player they still supported me. I think the fans can play a massive part in a fixture like this.

“The supporters properly got behind the lads last year and it lifts the players when the fans really get behind you. I’m expecting the same on Saturday.”

Wanderers will be making the short trip along the M40 in search of a return to winning ways and Pittman is expecting an entertaining encounter.

He added: “You’d expect them to try and keep the ball and press high up the high pitch, which is similar to what we have to do.

“I think that’s why it’s always a good game when the two teams play.

“You’d have half expected the lads to be a little bit frustrated and down after Mansfield, and they were because it wasn’t how we usually play, but that has gone now.

“We’ve had a look at one or two things and we are all looking to learn – I think we have done that this week.”

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