Wycombe Wanderers came from a goal behind to get back to winning ways on Saturday. A double from defender Andy Sandell ensured a hard fought victory against bottom of the table Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.
The Chairboys have progressed throughout the season, making a name for themselves as being a hard to beat goalscoring unit, and Matt Bloomfield saw this victory as a true reflection of how far they have come. The windy conditions made it a inconsistent affair in Lincolnshire, and one that could have seen the Blues drop points earlier in the season – taking late goals at Northampton and Accrington Stanley as prime examples – but their defensive clout shone through the looming skies.
Bloomfield said of the performance: “It was a scrappy game but sometimes they are going to be like that. There are going to be banana-skins all over the place in this division this season and there will be lots of twists and turns to come. It is the oldest cliché in the book but we literally have to take each game as they come."
Match winner Andy Sandell had physio Mick Quinn to thank for his double, as the sports therapist appears to be a lucky charm for the defender. Quinn gave Sandell a pre-match rub down for the first time since his last goal scoring outing away at Burton Albion, and his magic rub paid off again in this vital victory.
“I said to Mick this morning, 'I feel awful, my legs feel awful, can you give me a rub," added Sandell. “He [Quinn] said, 'Ah, you're going to score today then'. I thought, 'Yeah, yeah, well done', but it's done the job.”
Despite this the player was the first to admit that his first goal, coming from a free-kick, was not one of his best as Lincoln keeper Joe Anyon fumbled the ball across the line, but he said: “They all count. I hit the target, [I] don't know what the keeper was doing [for the goal].”
The weekend goals saw Sandell up to seven for the season, ending a 14 game goal drought and giving him a career best return. Yet the versatile left-back is aiming higher, looking to reach double figures in order to play his part in Wycombe promotion push.
Sandell was singing from the same hymn sheet as Bloomfield regarding the progress make under Gary Waddock this season, acknowledging the vitality of a hard fought victory away from home as he said: ““There is always pressure on us because we are a top three club and there will always be pressure on us to win. We didn't start well today but we dug in and got the three points."
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