Craig Mackail-Smith says Wanderers cannot afford to rely on a late show to get them results after the 2-3 defeat to Southend United at the weekend.
Just as they did in midweek against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup, the Chairboys showed resurgence in the closing stages after falling three goals behind to the Shrimpers earlier in the game.
Mackail-Smith, a second half substitute, was the man who started the revival with a stunning volley just outside the area after a flick on from Bryn Morris in the 83rd minute. Three minutes later and Wanderers had another as fellow striker Adebayo Akinfenwa slotted home from close range.
Sadly, it was too little too late for the hosts as time ran out on Gareth Ainsworth’s side, and the wait for a home league win go on. Fortunately, Wycombe won’t have long to wait to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointment as they take travel up to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night and Mackail-Smith says there are things that need to be put right in that game.
Speaking after the loss to Southend, the striker said: “It was disappointing, we’ve given ourselves a lot to do and I think it was only until the 83rd minute that we started playing and that was at 3-0 down and that simply is not good enough.
“You can’t give a team of Southend’s quality a three-goal head start and expect to get something out of the game, so it’s disappointing but it is something we need to work on and we’ve got a quick turnaround with a game on Tuesday and hopefully we can put those things right, put in a better performance and pick up some points.
“Last season I think we could get away with maybe letting a few goals in because we knew we would get chances to score at the other end.
“This season the players in this division are a lot better, the defences are a lot savvier and that is the difference really, you can’t get back into games as easy as we did last season so we need to be a lot more focused, make sure we don’t give teams the chances we have been giving them and then maybe get a few more clean sheets and build on that.
“There are a lot of things that I think we need to talk about and work on, but it is a quick turnaround, we’ve got a game Tuesday so we’ll have a meeting on Monday, have a chat and hopefully work on a few things and put that right Tuesday that will give us some brief confidence so we can move forward.”
Although it ultimately proved a consolation, Mackail-Smith has already put his name in the hat for the Goal of the Season with his strike against Southend, which was his second goal of the campaign.
Speaking about the strike, the 34-year-old is hoping it can spark a run of goals for himself.
“At the time of the goal we were piling on the pressure and Randell came out of nowhere with an unbelievably long throw and I think it was flicked on by Bryn and I was just really relaxed, I was trying to smash the life out of it I just hit it so clean I don’t even think I felt the hit.
“I was disappointed to have only had one goal prior to today, I feel like I could be on a lot more, but I’ve taken the pressure off myself and I’ve allowed myself to relax and just enjoy playing well and the goals will follow, and today it was nice to get one and hopefully now I can go on a little run.”