‘Un­der­dog’ tag seems to have pos­i­tive ef­fect

Last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers are now rid­ing high

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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