Wan­der­ers go for a Bur­ton

Mur­phy urges play-off fi­nal­ists to bounce back like Al­bion Play-off fi­nal re­view - see in­side

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

The Chair­boys es­caped rel­e­ga­tion from the Foot­ball League on the fi­nal day of the 2013-14 cam­paign, but de­fied the odds this year to reach the play-off fi­nal.

They ul­ti­mately fell just short as Southend tri­umphed on penal­ties at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day night af­ter Joe Pig­got’s last-gasp equaliser forced a shoot-out un­der the arch.

De­feat means Gareth Ainsworth’s side re­main in League Two again next term, but re­cent his­tory sug­gests Wan­der­ers should not be too dis­heart­ened.

Bur­ton were off fi­nal­ists in beaten 2014, play­los­ing nar­rowly to Fleet­wood Town, but the Brew­ers went up au­to­mat­i­cally this year af­ter clinch­ing the ti­tle un­der Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink.

Mur­phy, who scored Wy­combe’s first spot kick be­fore Matt Bloom­field and Sam Wood saw their ef­forts saved, reck­ons the Chair­boys can take be­lief from Al­bion’s resur­gence.

“We were 30 sec­onds from be­ing there, but that’s foot­ball,” he said. “We showed what we’re ca­pa­ble of on the big­gest stage – it doesn’t get big­ger than Wem­b­ley and ev­ery­one should be proud of the lads.

“Last year we stayed up on the fi­nal day and no­body wanted to see that again. This year we made the play-offs and watched Southend lift the tro­phy and no­body wants to see that again ei­ther.

“We want to be the ones lift­ing the tro­phy next sea­son. Bur­ton lost at Wem­b­ley last sea­son and they’ve won the league this year. There’s no rea­son we can’t do the same.

“I know it’s hard at the e mo­ment, but we’ve got to o take the pos­i­tives. Hav­ingg stayed up on the fi­nal dayy last year, no­body thought t we’d get any­where nearr this. We’ve got to go again next sea­son.

“The manager told us he was proud of us and I feel ex­actly the same way. I’m proud of ev­ery­one in that dress­ing room and this has been the best sea­son of my foot­ball life.”

Wan­der­ers’ boss wasted lit­tle time in an­nounc­ing his plans for an­other crack at League Two by con­firm­ing four play­ers would leave the club on Mon­day.

Matt McClure, Tommy Fletcher, Char­lie Hor­lock and Nathan Evans will all be head­ing out of Adams Park this sum­mer fol­low­ing the ex­pi­ra­tion of their con­tracts.

Ainsworth last week moved to tie down Aaron Holloway to a new con­tract and has now

(Main pic­ture) Peter Mur­phy scores in the shoot-out on Satur­day; (above) Matt McClure also of­fered fresh terms to for­mer QPR young­ster Ho­gan Ephraim.

Talks with Scot­tish striker Steven Craig are planned for later in the sum­mer.

Pho­tos by Ac­tion Images


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