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Significant Portsmouth clash for Wycombe duo

22 April 2016

Jason McCarthy and Aaron Pierre are both looking forward to tomorrow's big game at Portsmouth, but for different reasons.

McCarthy, on loan from Southampton, will be looking to get one over on the south coast rivals at Fratton Park, while the game will signify the 100th appearance in a Wanderers shirt for Pierre.

Family and friends will be coming to watch Jason take on Pompey in a game that pits two sides battling for the play off spots against each other.

Jason said: "I have never asked for this many tickets for a game! I've got a lot of family coming down and a lot of mates as well, it is a game I am really looking forward to.

"It is a big game that could really push us back into the fight for the play offs if we can get the three points.

"On a personal level too it is one I'm really looking forward to. I enjoyed the game at home [a 2-2 draw in November] and I thought we played really well. For obvious reasons it is going to be really loud and I'm expecting to get some stick.
"For one reason or another we haven't been able to get the wins lately, but we have been picking up points and that is the reason why we are still in the fight. If we win Saturday the table will look a bit different. It will be a big crowd and if we start fast they might get on top of them and we will be looking to exploit that."

Aaron Pierre is desperate to mark his landmark game with a goal, having not scored since the 1-1 draw with Dagenham in August.

He said: "I need to get a goal! It's been drying out since the second week of the season so I need to get one. A goal in any game would do really but to get one in my 100th game would be extra special."

It has been a good week for the centre back, as he kept a clean sheet in the draw with Yeovil on Tuesday and that was followed by being recognised in the PFA Sky Bet League 2 Team of the Year alongside fellow Chairboy Joe Jacobson.

Aaron said: "I am delighted. It was one of my goals this season, last year none of us got in it so I needed to make sure that I tried my best this season to get in there and thankfully I did.

"JJ has helped me a lot since I've been at Wycombe. He talks to me and we have a good understanding and a good partnership and clearly this shows that."

Jason was full of praise for the pair for how they have helped him develop this year.

He said: "They have been different class. You sometimes forget they're there as you just expect the same from them week in week out. That is why they in the team, they are both so consistent and you can put your hat on them every week to give at least an eight out of 10 performance.

"For me when I first came in, playing alongside Pierre he was great talking to me, getting me through those first few games. He's so solid to have next to you and its the same with JJ. He has such great technique and great quality so I can't speak highly enough of both of them and it's thoroughly deserved."

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