Wanderers’ fab back four a hark back to Gunners legends
Solid defence means only one goal is needed
WAY back when Wycombe Wanderers were still a non-league club with big ambitions, a popular terrace cry was ‘One-nil to the Arsenal’.
George Graham’s side of the early 90s were built on a rock solid back four, meaning when a chance was taken at the other end, it would more often than not prove to be the winner.
For Adams, Bould, Dixon and Winterburn, read Stewart, Pierre, Jacobson and McCarthy – Wycombe’s very own fab four.
The Chairboys have won their last four home games by that same 1-0 scoreline and perhaps it will only be a matter of time before that same ditty is heard ringing around Adams Park.
Michael Harriman was the latest to take advantage of a clean sheet at one end to bag the winner at the other, shooting down Mansfield Town on Good Friday.
He said: “We were knocking on the door. It didn’t seem like we were going to get the breakthrough and it takes a bit of luck for it to go in the corner, but we fully deserved the win.
“We were on top throughout, had our chances and limited them to one or two. Our back four were solid and if they keep a clean sheet, we only need one to go in to win the game.
“A 1-0 win is all we need if you have a back five (including keeper Ryan Allsop) like that who keep it solid. If you work hard, with a back five like we’ve got, you only need one chance.”
Harriman admits it was a long overdue strike, having not found the net since before Christmas, but his goals always seem to be vital ones – including a dramatic FA Cup winner at Millwall, a spectacular only goal of the game against Cambridge and a match-winning brace against Hartlepool.
He said: “It’s been a while, as everyone keeps pointing out. The gaffer said keep asking questions, so I put it into the area and thankfully it’s gone past everyone and into the bottom corner. I’ll take it. You take every goal you can get.
“Speaking to Dobbo (Richard Dobson) after the game, he said I never score a tap in. I wouldn’t mind a tap in. I work hard, which brings it’s own fortune and I like to get forward and have a strike.
“We’ve been a bit shy of goals lately, but we’ve got plenty of match-winners in there. Luke’s (O’Nien) done it the last few weeks, and Stephen McGinn pulled one out the bag the other week.”
Breakthrough: (Above) Michael Harriman has praised Wycombe’s defence; (left) two of Arsenal’s past heroes Tony Adams and Steve