Wan­der­ers in need of fi­nal-day hero­ics again

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BILL Mur­ray did all he could to es­cape the time­warp that was the 1993 film Ground­hog Day – but when it comes to Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ quest for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, Steven Craig is queue­ing up for that feel­ing of deja vu, writes Jon Batham.

Last sea­son, striker Craig was part of a Wy­combe side who won at Torquay on the fi­nal day to avoid slip­ping out of the foot­ball league and a year on, ahead of the last game of the sea­son at Northamp­ton, Craig and co are con­fronted by a sim­i­lar sce­nario at the other end of the League Two ta­ble.

Wan­der­ers must beat the Cob­blers while re­ly­ing on Southend to lose at More­cambe and Bury not to win at Tran­mere if they are to snatch the last au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot and avoid the play­offs.

It is a long shot for a in­jury­de­pleted squad Craig ad­mits were ‘run­ning on empty’ af­ter last Satur­day’s 1-0 home de­feat to More­cambe, but with the mem­o­ries of last year’s hero­ics still fresh, the 34-year-old vowed to hold noth­ing back for the im­pend­ing knock­out lot­tery.

“Satur­day is the same sce­nario as last year so to speak, and there will be no thought of sav­ing en­ergy for the play-offs,” he said.

“It is a cup fi­nal for us be­cause if we win we know we still have a chance of fin­ish­ing third, so that is how we will go into it.

“We will go into the game with the ex­act same men­tal­ity we did last year, a men­tal­ity the gaffer has drummed into us through­out the sea­son, which is no fear and all out attack.

“We will need to rely on other teams to do us a favour, but the only thing we can con­trol is the 90 min­utes at Northamp­ton, and like ev­ery sin­gle game this sea­son we will give it our all.”

Aaron Pierre will be back from sus­pen­sion to bol­ster de­fen­sive re­sources, but Brent­ford loa­nee and set-piece spe­cial­ist Sam Saun­ders is a doubt af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury in the warm-up be­fore last Satur­day’s match with the Shrimpers.

For the build-up to Wy­combe’s date with des­tiny, plus all the ac­tion and re­ac­tion on the day, keep an eye on www.get­bucks.co.uk.

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