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The big preview: Scunthorpe

28 March 2014

Wanderers will be hoping to turn the form book on its head when they make the long trip to second-placed Scunthorpe United on Saturday (k.o 3pm).

The two sides drew 1-1 earlier this season when Leon Johnson’s injury-time header cancelled out Deon Burton’s strike.

Scunthorpe are unbeaten under boss Russ Wilcox, a run that stretches back 23 games. The Iron have won their last three without conceding in the process.

United have League 2’s top scorer within their ranks as with Sam Winnall’s 21-goal haul putting him at the top of the charts, while midfielder Dave Syers is also into double figures for the campaign.

Gareth Ainsworth - talking to Chairboys Player

“They are a very solid, organised team, which a lot of the top sides are. They’ve had the luxury of being able to keep a settled side for a long time, which is something we’ve struggled with.

“They paid £300,000 for Paddy Madden and for a team in League 2 to spend that shows they are putting down a marker.

“He’s a fantastic player, he comes off the line and picks the ball up in dangerous areas and of course Winnall is top scorer in the league.

“We know they’re going to have to be watched and that we need to limit chances. They’re strong at the back as well and we know that we will have to be professional, organised and very resilient.

“There’s no reason why we can’t get something from Glanford Park, but I don’t think many people expect us to - it would be nice to break a few more coupons!”

Russ Wilcox - talking to The Iron Player

“I know Gareth well from our time playing together at Preston, and if they show the hunger, drive, and determination he showed as a player I’m sure they’ll stay up. He’s laid down the gauntlet to them, and said it’s a seven-game season now.

“I’m hoping people aren’t going to turn up here thinking it’s going to be three points, and getting carried away. 

“We certainly won’t be doing that. These are the hardest games. At the end of every season you see teams at the bottom start winning, and the teams at the top get twitchy. 

“We’ve got to make sure the fans are right behind us, which they have been. Please be patient. We’re not going to win the game in the first five minutes, and it might take a late goal, so we must have patience. 

“Everybody at the football club knows that we have to remain patient over the 90 minute period to pick up the three points.”

Team news

Daniel Rowe goes straight into the Wanderers squad after signing on loan from Rotherham United, but Blues look set to be without striker Matt McClure (hamstring) once again, while Gary Doherty, Charles Dunne and Paris Cowan-Hall are definitely missing.

Tommy Fletcher has returned to full training, but is still lacking full fitness, while Jo Kuffour could be back in contention after also featuring in training.

Scunthorpe midfielder Sean McAllister is a doubt for the weekend with a slight hamstring complaint, while the game will probably come too soon for Burton, who is still struggling with a calf problem.


Wycombe 4/1
Draw 23/10
Scunthorpe 3/4

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