Wan­der­ers’ fab back four a hark back to Gun­ners leg­ends

Solid de­fence means only one goal is needed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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

Bould

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