The Seasiders travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday, looking for a return to winning ways.
Despite an incredible start to the season for Gareth Ainsworth’s men, where they only lost one of their opening 20 league matches, the Chairboys have dropped off the pace in recent weeks, and have won only one of their last seven. They will undoubtedly be looking to bounce back on Tuesday night, after going down 4-0 at Peterborough United last time out.
Wycombe boast a squad mixed with youth and experience. 33-year-old Joe Jacobson is the club’s top scorer so far, with a total of eight goals from left-back. The set-piece specialist scored a remarkable hat-trick in the club’s 3-1 victory over Lincoln City back in September.
Highly rated youngsters such as Fred Onyedinma, Jason McCarthy and Paul Smyth are also real assets to a side who will have aspirations of finishing in a play-off position come the end of the season, if not even higher.
Wycombe walked away from Bloomfield Road with a point back in October. Scott Kashket gave the Chariboys a half-time lead before Ben Heneghan equalised early in the second half.
Last Three Results:
- 21/1/20 - Peterborough United 4-0 Wycombe Wanderers
- 18/1/20 - Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Rochdale
- 11/1/20 – Sunderland 4-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Manager: Gareth Ainsworth
Gareth Ainsworth is one of the longest serving managers in the Football League, after becoming Caretaker Manager at Adams Park back in 2012. An impressive run in his caretaker stint in charge meant he was handed the job on a permanent basis several weeks later.
Since becoming manager, Ainsworth has guided the club to steady progression year-on-year, culminating in promotion to League One back in 2018, with a third placed finish.
A 17th placed finish back in League One last season has been followed up with an incredible run this campaign. Wycombe are fighting for an automatic promotion spot to the Championship, which would be the highest division the club has ever reached in it’s 133 year history.
Star Man: Adebayo Akinfenwa
A well-known name associated with league football, Adebayo Akinfenwa has made close to 500 appearances in the Football League.
Known for his strength and power, the 37-year-old forward joined Wycombe back in 2016 from AFC Wimbledon and has gone on to make 126 appearances for the Chairboys, scoring 47 goals in the process.
As well as Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon, Akinfenwa has represented the likes of Millwall, Swansea City and Gillingham throughout his career. He also enjoyed a stint at Lithuanian club FK Atlantas back in 2001.