‘Praise us at the end of season – not now’
Bloomfield said Wanderers ‘have achieved nothing yet’
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.”
STUNNING START: Wycombe’s Matt Bloomfield is hoping the form Wanderers’ form will continue throughout season