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De Havilland: "I've just got to keep proving myself"

21 March 2017

The Chairboys defender discusses his and the team's current form.

A hard-fought win on the road would be a befitting way to describe the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool United at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium at the weekend.

In the heart of the backline, helping the team register their 15th clean sheet of the season was Will De Havilland, whose performance in the North East earned him a place in the EFL team of the week.

The win saw the Chairboys cut the gap between themselves and the play-offs to just three points, and Will, speaking after the game, was delighted the team could take the points and the plaudits against an in-form Pools side.

 "It was a very good win," he said.

"It was nice to get the clean sheet, it was a bit of a scrappy game but it was nice to come in and get the job done.

"We knew Hartlepool had hit a bit of form going into the game, they have won three out of their last five so it was good to come and set out what we planned to do and take the three points."

Last weekend's triumph also made it five games unbeaten for Gareth Ainsworth's side as the play-off chasers in Sky Bet League Two are starting to see the finishing line on the horizon with eight games remaining.

De Havilland is hoping the team can repeat the form that saw them go 16-matches unbeaten earlier in the campaign and that the Hartlepool win can be the start of a winning run for Wanderers, with Notts County next up at Adams Park.

"We want to start getting a few wins together," he added.

"The next three games are big because they are against teams in and around the bottom end of the table, so if we can pick up points there we should be on our way.

"But we can't take them lightly as we know they are going to be fighting for their lives to avoid relegation, so those games can be trickier sometimes.

"We've had a sort of 'up and down' season, as we went on a really good run in mid-season and then dropped off a little bit, but now it looks like we're starting to come back with a bit of form.

"We're in a really good position with eight games to go, so if we can show that form like we did earlier on we should get in the play-offs.

"It should be a good atmosphere (v Notts County) because our fans know we are still in the race so we've got to just keep picking up the three points."

De Havilland's eye-catching display at the weekend was his ninth start in the league this season following his arrival last summer, and the defensive stalwart is eyeing a regular starting position between now and the end of the season.

"I haven't had too many games this season because Anthony Stewart and Aaron Pierre have been doing really well.

"But with Anthony Stewart being injured, it has given me the chance to come in and prove myself.

"So I've just got to keep proving myself and try and grab a permanent spot in the team."

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