‘Real test for Chairboys’

WY­COMBE WAN­DER­ERS

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FOR­MER Wy­combe Wan­der­ers mid­fielder Dan­nie Bul­man thinks we will find out what his old club are made of now that in­juries are start­ing to hit Gareth Ainsworth’s squad.

The Chairboys have ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions so far this term and are sit­ting pretty in third place, de­spite a 3-1 de­feat to Bur­ton Al­bion on Mon­day night.

Boss Ainsworth has gone for qual­ity rather than quan­tity at Adams Park this year after his only just avoided rel­e­ga­tion from League Two last term.

It has been a pol­icy which has paid off in the first 17 games of the cam­paign, but num­ber 18 is a trip to Chel­tenham Town and Wy­combe are run­ning short on bod­ies.

Aaron Pierre and Josh Scowen’s ab­sence through sus­pen­sion against the Brew­ers meant the Chairboys could only name four play­ers on the bench.

They will re­turn for the Whad­don Road clash but Sam Wood, Max Kret­zschmar, Peter Murphy and Al­fie Maw­son all went down with in­juries in the Bur­ton match.

Bull­man, who signed for Wy­combe in the sum­mer of 1998 for a Com­bined Coun­ties League record fee of £10,000 and now plays for AFC Wim­ble­don, thinks his old club will be tested.

He said: “The gaffer [Neal Ard­ley] is close mates with Gaz and he says they’ve done a few things to change [their for­tunes]. Ainsworth was al­ways fit when he was a player and he’s worked them hard over the sum­mer and turned them into a win­ning team. If it con­tin­ues, it con­tin­ues. If they get a few in­juries then we’ll see what they’re made of.

“I started my ca­reer there and it was a good club to me so it’s nice to see them do­ing well. I was with them in League One and I’d like to see them up there. Wy­combe don’t play the pret­ti­est foot­ball this sea­son but it wins games, and that’s why they’re to­wards the top of the league. Three points is three points.”

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