Following yesterday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, here are some views on the match from Pirates` boss John Ward and a few of their fans.
Ward said: ‘I’m very proud of the boys, that is as good a win as any that we’ve had because we really had to dig in.
“We had to keep our shape and our discipline for long spells and it was a performance that epitomised everything we have tried to do here since I arrived.”
“We didn’t have to rely on (goalkeeper) Steve Mildenhall to keep us in the game because of how strong our defenders were in front of him.”
“Wycombe probably had more of the ball between the boxes, but we defended them very well. It was a bit of an away performance in that we had to dig in and work hard for what is a very good result for us.”
“There are different ways to win games and at this moment in time it doesn’t matter how the victories come.”
The Rovers fans were rather pleased with a fifth victory in their last half-a-dozen league matches and had mixed opinions on the Chairboys.
The following comments are taken from the Rovers Talk forum and not606.
made of stone wrote
“Fantastic fighting spirit today, just typified at the end with some superb last ditch tackling. The hugging of our players said it all really. We wanted that more than them.”
Deutsche Gas wrote
“So proud of the team today, they battled so hard and the effort was immense. We were really under the cosh at the end and everyone put their bodies on the line. We could not have asked for any more.”
“Ryan Brunt was brilliant, held the ball up with such strength. To be fair Wycombe looked good and we were under the cosh for the majority of the second half. Top respect to the boys for not crumbling. That flurry in the box at the end was so tense it looked a definite goal!”
Eastville 1966 wrote
“It was a different type of game today, Wycombe were a tough and uncompromising team and I thought we did really well to grind out a win. Could have had a couple of goals at the start of the second half but on the whole a gritty and determined performance. Not easy on the eye but three points nonetheless.”
Captain Jack Sparrow wrote
“Jo Kuffour was trying his best to get a penalty as he certainly wasn`t going to score any other way. I think some referees would have given a penalty and some wouldn`t as it looked like a shirt was pulled and if that was on the half way line then a free kick would have been given. You see the shirt pulling and tugging every time there is a cross or corner into the box and 90% of the time referees just let it go. I think if we were still playing now it would still be 1-0 as neither side actually looked like scoring.”
Carry on rovers wrote
“The second half was all Wycombe apart from a couple of gilt edged chances which we missed and would otherwise have been home and dry. I like Jo Kuffour but felt he was playing for a penalty and should have been booked for a blatant dive. We definitely rode our luck though. Kuffour needs a partner similar to Rickie Lambert to score goals. Today he was really on his own and needed some help from midfield.
I can see why and how Wycombe win so many, they work hard get in the opposition’s faces, give you no time on the ball and foul where and when required. Other than the goal it was a game of two resolute defences, we just came out on top today. Another day it could have been a complete reversal of fortunes.”
“Wycombe`s turnout was disappointing considering we`re not far down the road, but then that`s what you get from a tin-pot club like that. The goal seemed like slow motion and swear their goalkeeper could have got to that with ease. Jo Kuffour’s face was a picture when things didn’t go his way, especially the penalty shout, aww poor lad!”
Hugo the Elder wrote
“That was a battle. John-Joe O`Toole was immense for us. It wasn`t the best performance but we battled for everything and they should be really proud that that effort was rewarded.”
Alan Parry (BBC commentator) sat behind us today and was the most irritating away fan I have every heard. He didn’t stop bleating over the injustice of lowly Rovers having the cheek to out-fight his team. He thought they had two certain penalties turned down and couldn`t understand why we sang ‘same old Wycombe, always cheating.’ I thought at the end of the game he was going to have a cardiac arrest.”
The Concept wrote
“Well he hasn’t changed then. That sounds identical to when he sat behind us years back in the stand at a game at Twerton Park! Kept moaning all game and his language was pretty colourful to say the least. We turned round to give a few glares to start with and soon realised who he was. Exchanged a few words and the people he was with had to try to calm him down. Like you say, he was red-faced and looking like he’d blow his top. Horrible man and I have never liked him since. Wish I’d reported him to a steward now for bad language and got him thrown out.”
Next: Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United – League Two
Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Kick off 3.00pm