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The big preview - Mansfield

24 January 2014

Wanderers are back on the road on Saturday when they make the journey to the One Call Stadium to take on Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League 2 (k.o 3pm).


Gareth Ainsworth’s men are unbeaten in their last three away games and have been boosted this week by the additions of attacking duo Anthony Jeffrey and Reece Styche.
The pair could be set for their debuts after receiving the necessary Football League clearance, and their availability gives Ainsworth further options with Steven Craig suspended and Dean Morgan suffering a setback in his recovery from injury.

Mansfield go into the game three places and two points ahead of Wycombe and have lost just once in their last five games.

However, their best form has been saved for matches away from home with Paul Cox’s men winning just twice in front of their own fans so far this season - the last of those coming back on 21st September.
Gareth Ainsworth - talking to Chairboys Player


“We’re playing four teams now who are all around us. We’ve got a couple of games in hand on Mansfield and if we can beat them then we’d go above them and still have those games which would be huge for us and huge at this stage of the season.

“I want to see us putting in performances week-in, week-out and that’s what we’re trying to do here. I want to build for the future and that’s starting now. These signings, the team selection tomorrow and the performance we'll hopefully put in is the start of that.

“They have some big lads up there who they will try and hit and then work off the second ball. They’ve changed the formation a couple of times and they’ve got a young kid in Clucas who is attracting Championship interest, so we’ll have to see if he plays.

“There’s all these little things that can happen, but all I can do is prepare the best we can against what I think is coming.”
Paul Cox – talking to Stags Player


“We’re in a little run of one defeat in five and we’ve come through a blip. I still think we can get better at a lot of things, but the main focus for us is our home form.

“I need the players to stand up and be counted and get rid of the anxiety. We need the supporters to get behind us. We’re going to do some bad things on Saturday and there will be times when we lose the possession - that’s where you need your true supporters to stand up and be counted.

“The players have got that little spring in their step again and that comes with one defeat in five. We’ve been to some tough old places to get wins and results and I’ve seen that mind-set coming back.”
Team news


As previously mentioned, Wanderers will be without Craig (suspended) and Morgan, as well as Paris Cowan-Hall (medial ligament), Jon-Paul Pittman (knee), Tommy Fletcher (thigh) and Charles Dunne (fractured tibia).

Sam Clucas and Ben Hutchinson are expected to miss out again for the hosts despite returning to training this week, while midfielder Jamie McGuire will be pushing for a start after making his comeback in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.

Odds

Mansfield 13/10

Draw 12/5
Wycombe 2/1
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