‘Praise us at the end of sea­son – not now’

Bloom­field said Wan­der­ers ‘have achieved noth­ing yet’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MATT Bloom­field has told those prais­ing Wy­combe Wan­der­ers for their stun­ning start to the sea­son to save their plau­dits for the end of the cam­paign.

Hav­ing es­caped rel­e­ga­tion to the Con­fer­ence by the skin of their teeth back in May, an amaz­ing turn­around sees the Chairboys lead­ing the League Two stand­ings this term.

It was a po­si­tion they ce­mented with Satur­day’s 3-1 win at Hartle­pool, where Bloom­field bagged his first goal of the sea­son.

How­ever, the 30-year-old, who has been pro­moted from the bot­tom di­vi­sion twice in his 10 years with Wy­combe, is too long in the tooth to be pop­ping any cham­pagne corks just yet.

He said: “I don’t want to draw too many com­par­isons with those past teams. We’ve got a half de­cent team but haven’t achieved any­thing yet. There is a lot of hard work still to do and the time for plau­dits is a long way off, although we are pleased with the start we have made.

“The cou­ple of years we got pro­moted we had strik­ers who would get a cer­tain amount of goals, but we would get goals from across the park too, from the likes of the gaffer (Gareth Ainsworth) and Kevin Betsy. Un­der Gary Wad­dock we had some very ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who had won pro­mo­tion be­fore, and while this is a younger squad, it has a lot of hunger. Un­der Peter Tay­lor, that year we were run­ning away with it and were nine points clear at Christ­mas, and ev­ery­one thought we had it wrapped up, but we ended up just about stut­ter­ing over the line in third.

“That sea­son shows ex­actly why we won’t be get­ting car­ried away.

“We had such a good start, but no team would have been able to sus­tain it. To be hon­est, no teams re­ally run away with it in League Two.”

It was in that very same sea­son, 2008-09, that Wy­combe came up against AFC Wim­ble­don for the first time, knock­ing them out of the FA Cup 4-1 thanks to a Matt Har­rold hat-trick.

Although the two have since be­come reg­u­lar league ri­vals, Sun­day’s sec­ond round clash at Adams Park will be the first time since then that they have met the Dons in the world’s old­est cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Bloom­field added: “That one was quite a big day for me as I had been out with a knee in­jury for nine months and I came on as a late sub for Matty Har­rold after he’s scored his hat-trick.

“They were a few leagues lower than us back then in the Con­fer­ence South, so we were ex­pected to win com­fort­ably, and we did win quite eas­ily, but this will be a bit dif­fer­ent.

“Every­body will fancy be­ing the FA Cup hero like Matty was that day. Hayesy (Paul Hayes) has been in good scor­ing form, and Murphs (Peter Murphy) can al­ways be re­lied upon to pop up with a goal.”

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STUN­NING START: Wy­combe’s Matt Bloom­field is hop­ing the form Wan­der­ers’ form will con­tinue through­out sea­son

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