‘Underdog’ tag seems to have positive effect
Last season’s relegation battlers are now riding high
MATT Ingram reckons the Chairboys are benefiting from being written off as relegation fodder at the start of the season.
Wanderers returned to the top of League Two on Saturday after a thumping 4-1 win over 10-man Cheltenham Town.
However, few would have predicted the Blues would be in this position after 18 games, given the club’s narrow escape from relegation at Torquay on the final day of last term.
Wycombe recruited well during the summer, but one of last season’s crop, Ingram, has also been key to the surge up the table. He was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for September and the level of his performance has never dropped.
Wanderers have not been favourites for many games this season, and few early predictions would have had them down as winners against this weekend’s opponents, Hartlepool.
But it will be top against bottom when Wycombe make the long trip north, and Ingram will not be thankful for the bookies’ going with the form book for the game.
He said: If you look at the predictions before the season kicked off, we were being put in the bottom three of four clubs. We need to keep notching up the points, get our target to be safe, and then start looking up the league.
“Definitely [it helps when people write us off], because we go into pretty much every game as the underdogs. We were one of the favourites to go down so the pressure was off.
“We had a good start last season and petered out towards the middle. It’s all about consistency. We’ve got a lot of experience here, people who’ve been here and done it, and we all don’t want to be in that situation again.
“As we keep saying, it’s one more step towards safety each time we get a point and we need to reach our target before looking ahead.”
Ingram is one of the last remnants of the Wycombe youth system, which produced Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe and Matt Phillips before being shut down for financial reasons two years ago.
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SAFE PAIR OF HANDS: Matt Ingram is proving his worth with consistent performances, and was named Player of the Month for September by the Football League