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Garath: We approach it the same

WInger excited to kick off FA Cup adventure, writes Alicia Povey.

8 January 2021

One of Wycombe’s newer faces Garath McCleary sat down with us to chat about how he’s fit into the squad, how the team are approaching this Saturday’s FA Cup game, and what we might expect from the rest of the Championship season from the Chairboys.

McCleary, who joined the Chairboys in November after finishing the 2019/20 season with Championship rivals Reading, has been very positive about the welcome he received:

“It feels like a lot longer because we’ve had so many games, but it’s been brilliant. The Gaffer has been really good with me and the boys have been exceptional as well.” 

“There was a point that I did consider what I would do after Reading, but there were a few of us out of contract and we were working really hard in case something did materialise. I was just really thankful that this did come up.”

Since joining Wycombe, McCleary has made 11 appearances, and has nothing but praise for the hard work and spirit of the squad, who picked up a fantastic win against Cardiff before falling foul to a strong Middlesbrough team last week: 

“We’ve had some very good team performances. Obviously, losing by the odd goal is hard to take at times, but as I said there’s been really great performances. The resilience within the squad, the never say die attitude and the togetherness can be seen in games - there’s been a lot of games where we’ve come from behind to get a win or a draw, and I think we’ve been unlucky not to get more wins. If we can take that forward and continue to do what we’re doing, then I think we can pick up points.”

McCleary made one of his 11 appearances in December against Preston North End at the Deepdale, scoring his first goal for the club. This Saturday sees Wycombe go head-to-head with Preston again, this time at home in the FA Cup, but our #19 insists that they’re preparing for this match just like any other:

“We’re approaching it the same. We want to win every game and a good run in the cup is good for any team. If we can win that game, then hopefully we can take that into the league.”

He also points out that the lack of midweek game could be to our advantage going into the cup clash:

“The good thing now is that players are getting more rest. We can work on the strength side, which we’re not been able to do with so many games. It’ll be easier on the boys, but we’re going to take this game and the fact that we want to win it and go as far as possible.”

Looking forward to the second half of the season, McCleary is optimistic, despite the current, and arguably deceptive, table position of the Chairboys:

“We’re always confident. We never go into a game thinking that we won’t win, or that we can’t get a point, at least. We always go into it thinking that we can win games and hopefully we can turn our fortunes around and pick up a lot more points in the second half of the season.”

With the Blues bringing in Admiral Muskwe on loan from Leicester, and extending Josh Knight’s spell courtesy of the Foxes, needless to say that we’re also feeling optimistic about the coming months’ football offering.

You can hear what else McCleary had to say in the full interview on iFollow.

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