Wycombe captain Adam El-Abd says he and his team-mates are pleased to have another game so soon after Saturday's defeat to Morecambe as they look to make amends for their 4-2 loss.
Three goals before the break left Adams Park and the football world as a whole stunned as the Shrimps set themselves on their way to a first win in seven matches, serving a cold-blooded reminder that anyone can beat anyone in football when standards don’t match recent efforts.
“It came as a huge shock,” reflected El-Abd after the game. “It was another lesson that you can’t take anything for granted in this game. It can bite you in the backside when you least expect it.
“To a man, we didn’t perform to the standards we’ve set ourselves and that we demand of ourselves. The goals were avoidable from our part, but we’ll dissect them, learn from them and improve to make sure we respond in the right way.”
It was just a fourth home loss of the season for the Chairboys, whose two previous defeats at Adams Park have been followed by four-game and five-game winning streaks, leaving the captain full of confidence that the Blues can bounce back in style once again when they meet Coventry City on Tuesday night (k.o. 7.45pm).
“The season’s full of peaks and troughs and we have to respond in the right manner, just like we did last time we got beaten at home.
“We owe it to everyone at the club; firstly to ourselves and each other in the dressing room, and to the fans of course. If you’d said we’d be third in the table at this stage of the season before a ball was kicked then I think you’d have taken it. Losing to Morecambe was very disappointing, but as a whole we’re on a positive run and go into Tuesday’s game with a good mindset.
“I think it’s a great thing that the game comes around quickly. It’s a massive game for us; they’re up there amongst the teams trying to win promotion but for us it’s a chance to put things right, to put this defeat down as a bad experience, and spur us on for the future.”