Jason McCarthy is aware of the difficulties Wycombe face against a high-flying Sunderland at Adams Park on Saturday but believes that a huge win for the Chairboys can spark the run of form they need going into the final stretch of the season.
McCarthy has impressed during his second spell at the club where he won Supporter’s Player of the Year while on-loan from Southampton during his previous spell in 2016 and starred in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light in November.
“I thought we were really good on the day. It was a very hard game physically because it was a big pitch but I remember me and Fred [Onyedinma] causing havoc down the right in the first-half. I remember there being a lot of space because they try and play out from the back and create a lot of chances going forward. We dominated the first-half but it’s going to be a very difficult game and we’re under no illusions.”
“They’re third in the league going for promotion or even trying to win the league still so it’s going to be a very tough game but if we turn up and play how we think we can play then we can give them a really good game.”
The Chairboys have alternated throughout this season with winning and losing streaks and currently sit without a win in their last six, losing their last four but McCarthy feels a big win for the Blues at the weekend can help them maintain a winning run of form once again to help them finish the season strong.
“It’s funny because we seem to be a bit of a form team because before that run over Christmas we were on a really strong period and then we went on another good run after that but now we’re on a bad run again so we do seem like a team who go through runs and hopefully Saturday we can snatch a win to spark a good run going into the end of the season.”
The former Barnsley man has made the right-back position his own this season but the suspension of Adam El-Abd has seen slight altercations being made at centre-half with Anthony Stewart stepping up but McCarthy is happy with how seamlessly Stewart has slotted in.
“It’s nice to have a settled back four, if you asked any defender they would say that but Anthony has done really well to slot into the team and it shows the depth in squad.”
“People who aren’t in the team are working hard off the pitch and people who are in the team can’t take things for granted because you’ve got people like Anthony who can come in and do a good job like he has done. It just shows that everyone is pulling in the same direction which is great.”
The tie against the Black Cats means for a big occasion as it could see Matt Bloomfield mark his 500th appearance for the Blues and also marks the return of fan favourite Luke O’Nien who joined Sunderland from Wycombe last summer and McCarthy didn’t have a bad word to say about either player.
“Matt is such a privilege to play with and learn off every day. I’m in a really fortunate position where I can learn off of someone like him. He’s one of the best pros I’ve come across, one of the nicest guys in football that I’ve ever met and he’s an inspiration to me.”
“To play 500 games at one club is awesome and it’s some feat. I’m sure plenty of people have come through the door trying to take his spot but he’s still here with the number ten shirt, still going strong.”
“Luke is a great guy, he’s done awesome at Sunderland and he’s got a really good relationship with everyone at Wycombe so I’m sure he’ll get a welcome return and deservedly too because he’s a great lad.”