Now is not the time to judge us, says Waddock. (©PAphotos)
by Mark White
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Wycombe Wanderers are yet to find their feet back in League Two, drawing their fifth game of a season only seven games old at the weekend.
The added misery to this stat comes in the knowledge that the Chairboys failed to have a shot on target in this particular goalless draw. A worrying statistic at any level, but more so for a team such as Wycombe who were tipped for a quick return to League One before the season began.
The pre-match build up was focused on manager Gary Waddock, as he prepared to face the club he last managed, Aldershot Town, from where he returned to take some of the promotion winning squad north to Wycombe and unsettle the Hampshire outfit in the process.
Defenders Andy Sandell and Dave Winfield followed Waddock to Adams Park after he and assistant Martin Kuhl quit the Shots to take the helm last October.
It was a bitter pill for some Shots fans to swallow, and the Wycombe boss caused further ructions as he chased midfielder Scott Donnelly, before his switch to Swansea, A bid for striker Marvin Morgan was also rejected in the summer and branded 'derisory' by the former employers.
In a similar vein of form, both camps would have hoped this would be the game to kick-start their season, but in truth it was a drab affair, failing to meet the pre-match expectations. The fans were in full voice but the teams cancelled each other out on the pitch.
Waddock remains unfazed by the lacklustre start, and insists his team will be in the mix for promotion at the business end of the season: "We are not concerned with all the away draws, as it is what you do over the course of the season, and I don't want to be scrutinised this early.
"It was a tricky game to prepare for, and all my efforts were focused on this rather than the talk off the pitch. I've come here as Wycombe manager and I wanted to come and get something.”
The one consistent on the field for Wanderers is the form of ex-Shots goalkeeper Nikki Bull, who has put in some sterling displays thus far and believes it’s only a matter of time before results turn in their favour.
"The effort, endeavour and work rate was there. Obviously we can still improve on things but we will get there. It's not where you are after seven games, it's where you are at the end of the season and we are still confident that come the end of the season we will be where we need to be,” said Bull.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.