Wycombe Wanderers are rebelling. I’m not sure why, but they are. Everyone is well aware of the rules, and they are thus: win at home and draw away if you are seeking promotion.
This is the standard philosophy since the dawn of football, but the Chairboys have taken it upon themselves to make things a little more interesting this season, as they battle for promotion back to League One.
The Blues have become unbeatable on the road of late, while looking more vulnerable at Adams Park. In the last five home league matches, the Wycombe faithful have left mostly under a cloud of confusion, as their boys in chequered blue have picked up a mere five points from a possible 15, with one win, two draws and two defeats chilling the fans in the Autumn months.
Conversely, when facing a hostile crowd away from home, it seems Wycombe are most comfortable. They have won their last five away matches in all competitions, with four coming in the league. It goes without saying that it is their away form that sees them amongst the play-off places.
Wycombe had looked like getting back to winning ways at home on Saturday, as they faced Lincoln City, who had the worst goalscoring record away from home in the league. But after looking comfortable at 1-0 thanks to a Kevin Betsy goal with just 46 seconds on the clock, the Chairboys squandered several opportunities in front of goal and allowed Lincoln a way back after 21 minutes through Mustapha Carayol’s strike.
The first half dominance from the home side was rewarded with a strike in off the bar from Scott Davies to see Wycombe lead at half time. But the Imps came back again in the second half, to take a share of the spoils through a Ben Hutchinson strike.
A round of roos rang in the Chairboys ears as they left the field after the draw and Wanderers ace Kevin Betsy felt the reaction was counter-productive, believing the supporters have some responsibility to be the 12th man when times are tough, as he said:
“They are entitled to their opinions and I totally respect that, but when the team are doing their utmost to try and win the game and they can’t see that, it is a little bit disappointing.”
And so on Tuesday night Wycombe looked to continue their impressive away form as they travelled to Gillingham. An open game saw Wycombe’s counter-attacking football rewarded with a 2-0 victory thanks to Gareth Ainsworth’s 101st career goal and a fifth goal in seven matches for Betsy sealing the points.
The win was dedicated to 16-year-old Aaron West, who had been on work experience with the club's community department earlier this year, but passed away on Friday after a courageous battle with a rare form of liver cancer.
Wanderers’ keeper Nikki Bull said: "We spoke about Aaron in the huddle before kick-off and that gave us an extra reason to want to win the game."
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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