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El-Abd: Lots to build upon

Skipper gives his reaction to opening day draw with Blackpool.

7 August 2018

Adam El-Abd feels that if the Chairboys can repeat their performance against Blackpool across the rest of the Sky Bet League One season, they will have what it takes to comfortably survive in the division.

The Wycombe skipper put in a Man of the Match display in the campaign’s curtain-raiser, and helped the team secure their first clean sheet of the season on day one.

Reflecting on the 90 minutes as a whole, the defender thought Wanderers were unlucky not to come away with all three points, but insists there were plenty of things to build upon.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw, El-Abd said: “On the balance of play it felt like we were on top territorially and in terms of chances created, and I think if it was a boxing match it would have perhaps been stopped at half-time as we certainly had them on the ropes.

“It wasn’t to be as we couldn’t convert, but there were lots of positives and another day we win that game by two or three, but it is a point and we have got 45 games to go and we will take those positives and move on to the next one.

“We went into the game very confident and we know we can compete in this league. It is a big step for the club and it is great that we have got off the mark. Results will most often mirror performances this season and if we perform like that we will win more than we lose.”

There was a very solid look about the Wycombe back-five as they limited the Tangerines to very few chances at the weekend, and El-Abd was delighted to register the first blank at the back right from the off; an achievement which took until the 9th September in 2017/18.

The clean sheet was all the more impressive with a debutant in goal in Ryan Allsop and Anthony Stewart putting in an outstanding display in his first competitive game since December.

On the solid look of the backline, El-Abd added: “It’s great for Ryan to come in and claim a clean sheet in his first game back at the club and it is great for us to have Anthony back and if we can keep him fit and firing we know the talent and potential he has got which can only bode well for the back-four, the team and the club so long may it continue.

“Hopefully with a clean bill of health for Anthony and me, we can form a solid partnership this season.

“It was nice to get the award (Man of the Match) but as a back-four I thought we all performed very well and Ryan too.

“It is a good clean sheet and it is something we can build on and look to do more of in the future.”

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