Date: 29th January 2015 at 12:26pm
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Wycombe Wanderers entertain Portsmouth on Saturday in their 28th league game of the season.

The Chairboys had keeper Matt Ingram to thank for a 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town last Saturday.

In their least effective attacking performance of the season, Wycombe had only managed a couple of tame long-range efforts until Matt McClure found himself with only the keeper to beat in time added on.

At a slight angle to the goal, it was by no means a gimme, but McClure, who had come on as a substitute only moments earlier, completely fluffed his shot to the collective groan of 385 travelling fans behind the net.

Thankfully Ingram and the back four had lived a charmed life. The woodwork had saved them twice, there were a couple of goal-line clearances and Ingram made three superb saves, a full stretch dive low to his right and a magnificent double save at a Stags’ corner.

It was reminiscent of how York somehow kept the Blues out during the first half of the recent game at Adams Park.

When the dust settled it was another point on the total, and the Wycombe fans went home grateful they didn’t lose and relieved to have extended their unbeaten run to 10 league games.

Those 10 games contain 5 wins and 5 draws for an average of 2 points per game which is superb, and par for much of the season, but the last 7 games contain just 2 wins and 5 draws which shows a decline to 1.57 pts a game.

This is hardly surprising. If you had suggested just a few months ago that Wycombe would lose the services of Paul Hayes, Paris Cowan-Hall and Josh Scowen, you wouldn’t have found a Blues’ fan who didn’t expect a decline in results.

There’s nothing we can do about Scowen and Cowan-Hall who were sold, but Hayes has been missing though injury, and those who hoped to see him back on Saturday were dealt a blow today when a Bucks Free Press reporter tweeted that the striker will be out for another 3 to 4 weeks.

With a total of only 5 goals for and 3 against in their last 7 games, the league-leaders’ matches are becoming tight affairs as the season progresses and it’s important that someone starts chipping in with a few goals to complement the efforts of loanee Fred Onyedinma who is the only current Wycombe player to have scored since McClure’s second goal against Southend on 13th December.

Aaron Holloway has done a sterling job as the focal point of a front three, but looked an isolated figure at Field Mill as the midfield stayed deep and the wide men were often out of touch.

With the loss of Scowen a massive blow to the Chairboys’ title challenge, it will be interesting to see if Ainsworth continues to persist with a formation that relied so much on the qualities of the tenacious midfielder, or tweaks things slightly to suit the personnel he now has at his disposal.

Hopefully, a woefully out of form Portsmouth who haven’t won away from home since August, will provide the Blues with a springboard back to winning ways.


Here’s Dale Jenkins with a look at Pompey…


Portsmouth currently lie in 18th position with 29 points from 26 matches.

Pompey lost 2-1 at home to Southend United last Saturday despite taking the lead through Craig Westcarr. Southend midfielder Ryan Leonard equalised just a few minutes later before a second half winner from Joe Pigott consigned the South Coast side to an eight successive winless match.

Andy Awford`s side have not won in League Two since a 3-0 win over Morecambe on 22nd November and have just one away league win all season which was back in August at Oxford United.

Awford has recently signed striker Matt Tubbs and defender Paul Robsinon on permanent deals while striker Paul McCallum has signed on loan from West Ham. McCallum will be suspended for Saturday`s match at Adams Park after receiving a straight red card in stoppage time of the defeat to Southend.

Other January transfer business has seen experienced striker David Connolly leave the club by mutual consent, while Danny East and Ricky Holmes have joined Aldershot Town and Northampton Town on loan respectively.

Earlier in the season the two sides drew 1-1 with a 50th minute Sam Wood opener cancelled out by a Johnny Ertl strike 20 minutes later in front of over 16,000 at Fratton Park.


Here are some stats…


Pompey Away Record……W 1…D 5…L 7 – Pts 8…..Ppg 0.62 (Rank-23)

Wycombe Home Record…W 7…D 4…L 2 – Pts 25…Ppg 1.92 (Rank-8)


League positions & comparison with last season

Portsmouth (1 point better off)

After 26 games this season Pompey are 18th with 29 points

After 26 games last season they were 21st with 28 points


Wycombe (23 points better off)

After 27 games this season the Chairboys are Top with 52 points

After 27 games last season they were 21st with 29 points


Portsmouth’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Wimbledon (H)………..Lost 0-2

Lg2: Luton (A)……………..Drew 1-1

Lg2: Newport (A)……………Lost 0-1

Lg2: Burton (H)…………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Southend (H)………….Lost 1-2


Wycombe’s last five games (All Competitions)

Lg2: Shrewsbury (A)………Drew 0-0

Lg2: Hartlepool (H)…………Won 1-0

Lg2: York City (H)…………..Won 1-0

Lg2: Bury (A)……………….Drew 1-1

Lg2: Mansfield (A)………….Drew 0-0


Portsmouth Goal Stats (31 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)……….Lg: 28…Cups: 7…Total: 35

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 33…Cups: 8…Total: 41

Goals Scored (Away)………Lg: 6…..Cups: 3…Total: 9

Goals Conceded (Away)…..Lg: 19…Cups: 4…Total: 23

Clean Sheets…………………Lg: 7…..Cups: 1…Total: 8

Failed to Score……………….Lg: 9…..Cups: 1…Total: 10


Wycombe Goal Stats (31 games in all Competitions)

Goals Scored (Total)……….Lg: 40…Cups: 3…Total: 43

Goals Conceded (Total)……Lg: 21…Cups: 4…Total: 25

Goals Scored (Home)………Lg: 18…Cups: 0…Total: 18

Goals Conceded (Home)…..Lg: 11…Cups: 2…Total: 13

Clean Sheets…………………Lg: 10…Cups: 0…Total: 10

Failed to Score……………….Lg: 5…..Cups: 3…Total: 8


Portsmouth Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Wallace…………….12 (inc 3 pens)

Westcarr…………….6

Storey……………….3

Taylor………………..3

Hollands……………..2

Atangana…………….1

Barcham……………..1

Bean………………….1

Devera……………….1

Dunne………………..1

Ertl…………………….1

Robinson……………..1

Webster………………1

Own Goal…………….1


Wycombe Goal Scorers – (All Competitions)

Paul Hayes…………….9 (inc 4 pens)

Peter Murphy………….7

Paris Cowan-Hall……..6

Matt McClure………….4

Sam Wood…………….4

Joe Jacobson………….3

Fred Onyedinma……..3

Aaron Pierre…………..2

Matt Bloomfield……….1

Steven Craig………….1

Aaron Holloway……….1

Alfie Mawson…………..1

Josh Scowen…………..1


Wycombe Assists

Sam Wood……………..9

Paul Hayes……………..5

Paris Cowan-Hall………4

Joe Jacobson…………..4

Steven Craig…………..2

Matt McClure……………2

Aaron Pierre……………2

Matt Bloomfield………..1

Sido Jombati……………1

Max Kretzschmar………1

Stuart Lewis…………….1

Alfie Mawson……………1

Peter Murphy……………1

Josh Scowen…………….1


Wycombe – miscellaneous stats

Shots on-target (for)………..Lg: 114…Cups: 15…Total: 129

Shots on-target (against)…..Lg: 70…..Cups: 13…Total: 83

Shots off-target (for)………..Lg: 160…Cups: 27…Total: 187

Shots off-target (against)…..Lg: 143…Cups: 13…Total: 156

Shots against woodwork…….Lg: 8……Cups: 1…..Total: 9

Corners (for)…………………..Lg: 150…Cups: 22…Total: 172

Corners (against)……………..Lg: 144…Cups: 13…Total: 157

Average possession (for)………..Lg: 50.30%…Cups: 50.50%

Average possession (against)…..Lg: 49.70%…Cups: 49.50%


Discipline – (All Competitions)

Pompey……..4 Red Cards – 53 Yellow Cards

Wycombe……0 Red Cards – 57 Yellow Cards


League Form Guide

All Season

Pompey…..Pld: 26…W: 7…..D: 8…..L: 11…Pts: 29…Pts per game: 1.12

Wycombe…Pld: 27…W: 14…D: 10…L: 3…..Pts: 52…Pts per game: 1.93


Last Five league Games

Pompey…………LDLDL – 2 points (Rank-24)

Wycombe…….DWWDD – 9 points (Rank-7)


Last Five League Games (Away)

Pompey…………LLDDL – 2 points (Rank-23)


Last Five League Games (Home)

Wycombe……LWDWW – 10 points (Rank-7)


Against Top Half Opposition

Pompey……..Pld: 15…Pts: 10…Pts per game: 0.67…(Rank-20)

Wycombe……Pld: 12…Pts: 22…Pts per game: 1.83…(Rank-1)


Against Bottom Half Opposition

Pompey……..Pld: 11…Pts: 19…Pts per game: 1.73…(Rank-8)

Wycombe……Pld: 15…Pts: 30…Pts per game: 2.00…(Rank-5)


First Half v Second Half – Performance Comparison

First-Half

Wycombe…….W: 9….D: 13…L: 5…Gf:17…Ga:12…Ppg: 1.48

Second-Half

Wycombe…….W: 13…D: 10…L: 4…Gf:23…Ga:9…..Ppg: 1.81


Previous Meetings

In 5 previous meetings we’ve had 1 win for Wycombe, 1 for Portsmouth, 2 draws and 1 abandonment.

Pompey won the only previous clash at Adams Park.

2012/13 JPT: Portsmouth 1 Wycombe 3

2013/14 Lg2: Portsmouth 1 Wycombe 1 (Abandoned at half-time)

2013/14 Lg2: Portsmouth 2 Wycombe 2

2013/14 Lg2: Wycombe 0 Portsmouth 1

2014/15 Lg2: Portsmouth 1 Wycombe 1


The Man In The Middle

Saturday’s referee is 51 year-old Andy D’Urso from Essex who first took charge of a Football League match in 1994.

Wycombe have not won a game refereed by Mr D’Urso since 2008. The most recent encounters are as follows…

Two seasons ago, Mr D’Urso sent Joel Grant off after 42 minutes of a 2-2 draw at home to Morecambe. The Shrimps equalised in the 90th minute, but Bruno Andrade appeared to have won it for the Chairboys in stoppage time only for the goal to be inexplicably disallowed. The Wycombe fans were incensed and booed the official from the pitch.

Last season, Mr D’Urso took charge of two Wycombe games. In August he dismissed Charles Dunne after 49 minutes of a 2-2 draw at Oxford. The U`s scored their equaliser in the 97th minute despite a clear foul in the build-up. The Wycombe fans were incensed and booed the official from the pitch.

In April, he took charge of Wycombe’s crucial relegation battle at home to Northampton Town. With the score at 1-1 in the 98th minute, Dean Morgan netted for the Blues only for the goal to be controversially disallowed. Mr Durso and his assistants were booed from the pitch. Skipper Stuart Lewis later revealed in his programme notes that the officials had apologised to the players in the changing room for their ‘mistake.’

Earlier this season he refereed Wycombe’s 1-0 Carling Cup defeat at Millwall.

During the current campaign he’s issued 4 red and 58 yellow cards in 21 appearances. Last season he averaged one red card every four games.


Prediction

Wycombe 1 Portsmouth 1