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In numbers: Millwall vs Wycombe

Player connections, a vital contributor, and a happy hunting ground.

19 February 2021

Tom Hancock of JJ's Left Foot delves into three stories surrounding Saturday's meeting with the Lions.

4: Current Wycombe players who’ve played for Millwall
Legend says that Adams Park will crumble if Wycombe don’t have at least one former Millwall player in the squad. The path from South London to South Bucks has certainly been well-trodden in recent years, with Paris Cowan-Hall and Jason McCarthy boomeranging between the two – and Fred Onyedinma finally came home for good in the summer of 2019, following two loan spells in which the Wanderers faithful fell madly in love with the man who’d go on to score the goal that really sealed our place at Wembley last July.

Adebayo Akinfenwa turned out nine times for the Lions back in the 2007/08 season, while Ryan Allsop spent 2011/12 at The Den but didn’t make an appearance.

Meanwhile, Millwall’s back-up goalkeeper is Frank Fielding. Semi-believably still only 32, he featured 39 times for the Chairboys on loan from Blackburn in 2007/08, culminating in the League Two play-off semi-final defeat to Stockport.

1.4: Key passes per 90 by Joe Jacobson from set-pieces (data from WhoScored.com)
That is passes leading to a shot – and Jacobson’s numbers from dead balls are among the very best in the league. In fact, only Stoke’s Sam Clucas – a fellow member of the left foot wand club – ranks ahead of him (1.8/90). None of QPR playmaker Ilias Chair, Reading wonderkid Michael Olise or Norwich’s Emi Buendía – possibly the best player the second tier has ever seen – have been quite as creative as JJ from free-kicks and corners. Our Welsh wizard’s delivery is Championship quality and then some.*

*Only includes players who’ve played 450 minutes or more

1: Defeat at The Den for Wycombe this century
SE16 has been a happy hunting ground for us since the turn of the millennium. We went out of the League Cup there with a 1-0 first round defeat in August 2014, but we’ve won on four of our other six trips there this side of 1999. The first was a 2-1 Division 2 victory in August 2000, courtesy of goals from Andy Baird and Dannie Bulman, the most recent December 2016’s 3-1 League Cup success, in which Garry Thompson bagged a late brace after Akinfenwa had opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Perhaps our most significant result of all down in Bermondsey, though, came in December 2000. A goalless draw in the FA Cup second round set up a replay back at Adams Park, where Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy netted to send us through to the third round as 2-1 winners – and, well, I think you know how that story goes…

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