‘Real test for Chairboys’
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.”