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The big preview: York

14 March 2014

Wanderers will be looking for a return to winning ways when they visit in-form York City on Saturday (k.o 3pm).

Blues’ six-game unbeaten run was ended by Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, but Gareth Ainsworth’s men have been a hard team to break down in recent weeks, conceding just four times in seven matches.

The hosts go into the game just two points and two places adrift of the play-offs – a far cry from last season’s relegation battle.

Nigel Worthington’s side are unbeaten in seven, winning their last three. Wes Fletcher leads the way with 13 goals in all competitions, and he’s been backed up well by Ryan Jarvis (9) and Ryan Bowman (7).

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

“Chesterfield were in-form, Hartlepool were in-form, Southend were in-form, but we matched and beat those teams as well, which was great..

“I don’t think the form table can say a lot – we went six unbeaten and then lost at home. It gets turned on its head and upside-down; a lot of these games are decided on the day.

“The consistency will show throughout the season and the budgets that Chesterfield, Fleetwood and teams like that have means they can obviously keep the better quality players.

“When you lose players, squads, through sendings-off and injuries, they have a lot to back it up, whereas on our day we can beat anyone.

“We’ve proved that all year and I don’t see why we can’t go up to Bootham Crescent and take all three points, which is what we’ll be looking for, and then we’ve got a huge game against Cheltenham on Tuesday.

“We’ve got players coming back, we’ve got players ready to go, and it’s going to be a real tough game on Saturday, but I believe we can win.”

Winger Will Hayhurst – talking to York’s official website

“I think we’ve done well at home but perhaps that killer instinct hasn’t been there, but like we saw against Exeter it’s starting to come back."

“You just feel a bit less pressure on the road as teams have to come out at you as the home side. We’re just together as a unit and we work for one another.

“I’m sure on Saturday we’ll be trying to take our away form into our home form, and hopefully we can continue this good run for the rest of the season.

“The confidence is very high. In football you can do a lot on confidence as it can build players up as an individual and as a team. 

“I think the last seven games we’ve been together as a team, we’ve been confident in one another to pull through, we’ve worked hard for one another and it’s shone through.”

Team news

Ainsworth is likely to be without Matt McClure after the striker limped off with an ankle injury on Tuesday, but Stuart Lewis, Matt Spring and Jon-Paul Pittman could all return.

Worthington is expected to name the same side for the fifth successive game with only top scorer Fletcher a fresh injury doubt. Long-term casualty Daniel Parslow is definitely out.

Odds

Wycombe – 11/4
Draw – 23/10
York - Evens

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