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The big preview – Cheltenham

15 November 2013

Blues return to Sky Bet League 2 action on Saturday when Cheltenham Town visit Adams Park (k.o 3pm).

Wanderers go into the game on the back of two cup ties against League 1 opposition with Gareth Ainsworth’s men drawing 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup, before pushing promotion-chasing Swindon Town all the way on Tuesday in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Cheltenham suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Skrill Premier side Tamworth last time out. However, Mark Yates’ men, who reached last season’s play-off semi-finals, are unbeaten in three in the league -  a run which includes a 3-0 win over Morecambe.

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

“Don’t underestimate them. They’ve got a great forward in Jamie Cureton who I played with at QPR and have played against for other sides and he always seems to score. He knows where the back of the net is and he’s sharp.

“He’s a real poacher, so don’t underestimate him because of his age because I was doing the same not so long ago.

“They play good football and a Mark Yates team can play different ways. They can play more direct and off a front-man or they can play through midfield.

“We’ll be looking at reports on how they’ll come to set up and the great thing about us is that we’re adaptable on the day.

“We can change on the pitch and we can see things. Last year we probably didn’t see problems and solve them as well as we are doing this year.”

Mark Yates – talking to

“It's always not nice to win games and unfortunately it was a cup game that everyone expected us to win but we didn't. We have had to take a look at ourselves and dust ourselves down so we can put ourselves in the right frame of mind to go again and we have done that.

“The players' attitude has been good. They are all disappointed because they knew the first half in particular on Saturday was not good enough but you can only dig yourself out of it and go again.

“We are three game unbeaten in the league so what we've got to do now is forget about the FA Cup.

“We didn't see too much attacking intent from Wycombe the other night because Swindon had so much of the ball but we knew a bit about them before because we have had them watched before.

“It's always good to see them live though and they made changes to their side from the Saturday but they are at home and they have had a decent run of form."

Team news

Ainsworth has a virtually fully-fit squad to choose from with Matt McClure (head), Paris Cowan-Hall (calf) and Jon-Paul Pittman (rolled ankle) his only injury concerns, while Matt Bloomfield is available again after serving his three-game ban.

Cheltenham are likely to be without winger Jermaine McGlashan who continues to struggle with a hamstring injury, but are otherwise at full strength. Steve Elliott could be recalled to the side, while David Noble is available again after serving a one-match suspension.


Wycombe 5/4

Cheltenham 21/10

Draw 12/5

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