Date: 17th August 2015 at 2:26am
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Wycombe Wanderers travel to Morecambe on Tuesday for their 3rd league game of the season.

The Chairboys made it two wins out of two in the league with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Barnet on Saturday.

It was a win that propelled them to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Orient, Portsmouth, Northampton and Hartlepool who also boast 100% record.

Yet to concede a league goal, Gareth Ainsworth`s side have already scored five to give themselves a dream start to the new campaign, although ironically, their best performance so far came in the 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the League Cup first round.

Summer signing Garry Thompson bagged both goals at the Hive, the first a spectacular left foot screamer from outside the box, and the second an injury time spot-kick that finally killed off the Bees’ very real hopes of rescuing a point.

Other key moments in the game were goalscoring opportunities squandered by Barnet`s John Akinde and Wycombe`s Michael Harriman, and a stoppage time super-save from Blues` keeper Matt Ingram.

In a tight affair that could have gone either way, the Wycombe defence did a sterling job, aided by Marcus Bean who was arguably the man-of-the-match for a third consecutive game.

Another notable aspect of Saturday’s game was the superb support from the Wycombe fans. Whether old, young, standing or seated, almost everyone joined in the singing, but special mention must go to the bouncing hordes behind the goal who made the atmosphere electric. They really were the twelfth man.

Wycombe`s streamlined squad was fortunate with injuries last season, but this campaign is already taking its toll. With only three specialist central-defenders on the books, the Chairboys have already lost the services of Aaron Pierre against Fulham and Anthony Stewart against Barnet, and at the Hive we saw Danny Rowe limp off after 77 minutes.

Ainsworth has been unable to name seven substitutes in any of the three matches so far, a situation that`s not likely to change anytime soon. Stewart is struggling with a knee injury, Rowe`s status is unknown, Max Kretzschmar is unlikely to feature after twisting his ankle in training, and an injury to Barry Richardson led to the recall of goalkeeper Alex Lynch from his loan spell at Wealdstone.

The versatility within the squad will help in the short term, but when Wycombe do eventually dip into the loan market, another centre-half, an influential midfield playmaker and a pacey option up front would go a long way to completing the jigsaw.


Morecambe claimed all three points courtesy of midfielder Aaron Wildig’s first-half strike as they beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 at the Globe Arena on Saturday. It was the Shrimps` first win of the new season and a first ever league win over Stanley in the 13th meeting between the two sides.

Prior to that, Jim Bentley`s side lost 2-0 away at Hartlepool United on the opening day of the campaign before conceding three minutes into injury-time to lose 1-0 at home to League One side Sheffield United in the League Cup first round.

The Shrimps won 1-0 at Adams Park in the penultimate game of last season to record their only victory over Wycombe in 14 attempts, and it was a significant defeat for the Chairboys, scuppering their chances of automatic promotion after a season predominantly spent in the top three.

On Saturday, Bentley made just one change to the starting line-up beaten by Hartlepool, with midfielder Alan Goodall recalled to the side to replace injured midfielder Peter Murphy. Aaron Wildig recovered from a shin injury to keep his place, whilst defender Adam Dugdale recovered from an ankle injury and was named on the bench for the first time since signing from Tranmere Rovers in the summer.

The Morecambe boss has no new injury concerns ahead of the midweek clash with the Chairboys but Captain Peter Murphy will miss the meeting with his former club after being ruled-out for three months with knee ligament damage. Winger Tom Barkhuizen returned to training last week after recovering from a thigh strain and will be hoping to make the squad.

The Shrimps made the following summer signings: Tony Thompson (Goalkeeper, Rotherham United), Adam Dugdale (Defender, Tranmere Rovers), Tom Barhuizen (Midfielder, Blackpool), Lee Molyneux (Midfielder, Tranmere Rovers), Peter Murphy (Midfielder, Wycombe Wanderers), Aaron Wildig (Midfielder, Shrewsbury Town), Charlie Bailey (Midfielder, Youth), Jack Kelleher (Attacker, Youth), Shaun Miller (Attacker, Coventry City), Jack Ryan (Attacker, Preston North End, Loan)


Here are some early season stats?


League positions & comparison with last season

Morecambe (3 points worse off)

After 2 games this season the Shrimps are 12th with 3 points

After 2 games last season they were 1st with 6 points


Wycombe (same number of points)

After 2 games this season the Chairboys are 1st with 6 points

After 2 games last season they were 2nd with 6 points


Morecambe’s season so far

Lg2: Hartlepool (A)……….Lost 0-2

LgCup: Sheff Utd (H)…….Lost 0-1

Lg2: Accrington (H)………Won 1-0


Wycombe’s season so far

Lg2: York City (H)………..Won 3-0

LgCup: Fulham (H)………..Lost 0-1

Lg2: Barnet (A)……………Won 2-0


Morecambe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Wildig……………………………1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Garry Thompson……………..2

Aaron Amadi-Holloway………1

Anthony Stewart………………1

Own Goal……………………….1


Wycombe Assists

Joe Jacobson…………….1

Garry Thompson………..1


Morecambe Goal Stats (3 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)……….Lg: 1…Cups: 0…Total: 1

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 2…Cups: 1…Total: 3

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 1…Cups: 0…Total: 1

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 0…Cups: 1…Total: 1

Clean Sheets…………………Lg: 1…Cups: 0…Total: 1

Failed to Score……………….Lg: 1…Cups: 1…Total: 2


Wycombe Goal Stats (3 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)………..Lg: 5…Cups: 0…Total: 5

Goals Conceded (Total)…….Lg: 0…Cups: 1…Total: 1

Goals Scored (Away)……….Lg: 2…Cups: 0…Total: 2

Goals Conceded (Away)……Lg: 0…Cups: 0…Total: 0

Clean Sheets………………….Lg: 2…Cups: 0…Total: 2

Failed to Score………………..Lg: 0…Cups: 1…Total: 1


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………..Lg: 8…..Cups: 1…Total: 9

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 2…..Cups: 2…Total: 4

Shots off-target (for)………..Lg: 11…Cups: 7…Total: 18

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 19…Cups: 6…Total: 25

Corners (for)…………………..Lg: 8….Cups: 1…Total: 9

Corners (against)……………..Lg: 10…Cups: 2…Total: 12

Average possession (for)………..Lg: 55%…Cups: 47%

Average possession (against)…..Lg: 45%…Cups: 53%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

Morecambe……0 Red Cards – 3 Yellow Cards

Wycombe………0 Red Cards – 9 Yellow Cards

Aaron Pierre……………….2 yellow

Jason Banton………………1 yellow

Michael Harriman…………1 yellow

Matt Ingram……………….1 yellow

Joe Jacobson………………1 yellow

Luke O’Nien………………..1 yellow

Danny Rowe……………….1 yellow

Anthony Stewart………….1 yellow


Morecambe’s league record last season

Home….W:8…..D:6….L:9…..GF:26 – GA:28 – Pts:30

Away…..W:9…..D:6….L:8…..GF:27 – GA:24 – Pts:33

Total…..W:17….D:12…L:17…GF:53 – GA:52 – Pts:63

Final position: 11th in League Two.


Wycombe’s League record last season

Home…..W:10…D:7….L:6…GF:30 – GA:25 – Pts:37

Away…..W:13….D:8….L:2…GF:37 – GA:20 – Pts:47

Total……W:23…D:15…L:8…GF:67 – GA:45 – Pts:84

Final position: 4th in League Two


Previous Meetings

In 14 previous meetings there have been 8 wins for Wycombe, 1 for Morecambe and 5 draws.

In Morecambe the tally is 4 wins for the Chairboys, 0 for the Shrimps and 3 draws.

1992/93: FAT Morecambe 1 Wycombe 1

1992/93: FAT Wycombe 2 Morecambe 0

2007/08: LG2 Wycombe 2 Morecambe 0

2007/08: LG2 Morecambe 0 Wycombe 1

2008/09: LG2 Wycombe 1 Morecambe 1

2008/09: LG2 Morecambe 0 Wycombe 0

2010/11: LG2 Wycombe 2 Morecambe 0

2010/11: LG2 Morecambe 0 Wycombe 3

2012/13: LG2 Wycombe 2 Morecambe 2

2012/13: LG2 Morecambe 0 Wycombe 1

2013/14: LG2 Wycombe 1 Morecambe 0

2013/14: LG2 Morecambe 1 Wycombe 1

2014/15: LG2 Morecambe 1 Wycombe 3

2014/15: LG2 Wycombe 0 Morecambe 1


The Man In The Middle

Tuesday’s referee is Mark Haywood from West Yorkshire who was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2006. His last Wycombe game was a 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale in April 2013. During the 2014/15 campaign he issued 3 red and 109 yellow cards in 38 appearances. So far this season he’s issued 12 yellow cards in 3 games.


Prediction

Morecambe 1 Wycombe 1