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Bloomfield: A well-earned point

Midfielder reflects on the 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank.

18 April 2018

Matt Bloomfield felt the Chairboys were very much worthy of their point at Sincil Bank as they played out a pulsating stalemate against play-off chasing Lincoln City.

With both sides with it all to play for, it was entertaining battle under the lights where Wanderers, despite injuries and illness in the camp prior to the game and losing Adebayo Akinfenwa to a calf problem early in the contest, stood up to the task in a cauldron-like atmosphere and ensured they left with something to reward their efforts.

Speaking after the game, Bloomfield was pleased to stretch the unbeaten run to eight games with three massive fixtures left to play.

“We were very much deserving of a point tonight against a partisan crowd,” he said.

“They had the wind first half, and with us losing the big man early we were struggling to hold the ball up in difficult conditions, but once we got to half-time we had a couple of decent chances in the second-half where we could have nicked it.

“It is never going to be easy coming here where Lincoln were desperate for the win to secure their play-off place, so it is a good point for us which keeps our unbeaten run going and now we can look forward to this Saturday against Accrington.”

It was a first appearance for the Wycombe stalwart after breaking his nose in the Good Friday draw at Notts County and Bloomfield was sporting a new protective mask at Sincil Bank under the order of the Wanderers’ medical staff.

Although it was certainly a new look for the 34-year-old, it certainly did not affect his performance as he enjoyed a battle in the middle against Imps man, Michael Bostwick.

“Yes it (the mask) felt fine,” he confirmed.

“I’ve been wearing it in training for the last couple of weeks and I don’t notice it now but it is just nice to be able to be back there and playing.

“It was doctor’s orders that I wasn’t allowed to play without one, but it was an absolute battle in the middle against Bostwick who has a good career and has come to Lincoln and shown what a good player he is and I really enjoyed it.”

With three games to go Wycombe have their destiny in their own hands as they prepare to welcome recently promoted Accrington Stanley to Adams Park this weekend.

Previewing the penultimate home fixture this season, Blooms says with a big team effort on the pitch and in the stands, the Chairboys will be going in search of three crucial points on Saturday.

 “Exeter moved within two points of us tonight so we have to go and attack Accrington and look for all three points on Saturday.

“We’re hoping it will be a big home crowd with lots inside Adams Park and I’m sure it will be rocking and it is the type of game we have to look forward to.

“Our preparations start now; recovery has to be excellent, we might have a couple of bodies back like Luke and Gapey and you’ve got Scotty Kashket and Nick Freeman who didn’t play tonight who will be fresh.

“So we’re looking forward to it, we’ve got to attack them from the off as we need the three points. We are in third, three games to go, it is all very exciting.”

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