Ahead of tomorrow's Wonder of Wycombe fixture against Crewe Alexandra, Jason McCarthy spoke to Wycombe Sound about the season so far.
There's plenty of positives going into Saturday's game at Adams Park, with the Chairboys looking composed after four wins and a draw from the last five. McCarthy was quick to compliment the recent performances and improvements:
"We’re looking good. Like you said, especially defensively - we’ve had a settled back five and those two holding midfield players too - which I think has really helped - and obviously Stocko in the net too. We’ve just felt that the last few games. We really tightened up after the Morecambe game, which was end-to-end and a great game but I think it highlighted a few areas that we need to touch up on and we’re looking really strong defensively now - our form and results are great. It’s obviously performance based here and we focus on performances first - results take care of themselves."
Wycombe head into Saturday's game after a double Yorkshire header against bottom of the table Doncaster and a particularly steadfast Rotherham, which saw them collect four points as well as rotate a couple of players in the squad.
"It was our aim going into these two games. Obviously, you want to win every game and we’re going for promotion. Rotherham and Doncaster are both really good sides and pose different threats, so we had to respect both of them. Tuesday night was a really tough game - probably the toughest game that I’ve played in this season and to come away with a point and a clean sheet is great and it keeps the momentum going.
"The other night, we had Dominic Gape and Daryl Horgan coming back in but we’re never weaker when the Gaffer makes changes. You look at our bench every week and it’s so strong, which might even mean a couple of players miss out. We’re in a really good place in terms of our squad depth - it’s the best it’s been since I’ve been here. All the new signings have settled in really well which is great, and expected in an environment like this."
The Chairboys will be returning to Adams Park for a Wonder of Wycombe fixture which could see them increase their consecutive home win record even further, and McCarthy is relishing the occasion.
"We’re loving playing at home at the moment; we speak about it in the dressing room. We’ve had a lot of away games and I think we’re actually a couple down on home games so far this season, because we’ve played more on the road. We’re looking forward to being back at home on Saturday and hopefully continuing that run at home. We’re confident there and we know we’ve got the backing of the fans which really helps us. We want Adams Park to be a fortress this season, because if you look at teams who have been promoted out of this division, they've maybe gone unbeaten at home or only lost one or two."
Despite Crewe's position in the table, McCarthy points out that they won't take anything for granted, especially with a familiar face returning to Adams Park.
"You can’t underestimate any team in this league. Every game is a different challenge and we’ll show Crewe the utmost respect. They have a very good squad and a great player in Scott Kashket who’ll we’ll have to be aware of as well, but like I said, we focus on ourselves and we go for three points."