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EVEN when he’s on the bench, Sam Wood is do­ing his bit to keep the un­beaten run go­ing at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Wood, pic­tured, started his first league game since mid-Oc­to­ber against New­port County and scored the open­ing goal, a fine left-footed vol­ley, in a 2-1 win.

Gareth Ainsworth has hailed the ‘cheer­lead­ing’ role squad mem­bers are play­ing in gee­ing up their team­mates as they spend ex­tended spells on the side­lines.

When he warms up in the sec­ond half of games, Wood barks out or­ders to a back four that has kept six clean sheets in eight games.

“I’m not re­ally one for coach­ing but I’m quite vo­cal on the bench and I think the gaffer likes it,” he said. “When I’m warm­ing up down one side, I’m ba­si­cally on the back four, scream­ing at them

“They get tired with all the games and can lose fo­cus as the game goes on so I’m on them all the time. I’m a team player, I’m quite vo­cal. I’m just hav­ing fun re­ally.”

The 30 year-old was in no doubt over which was the pick of the goals in Mon­day’s win – his or Paris CowanHall’s. “Surely mine has got to bet­ter!” he said. “Paris’ was luck, it’s a cross isn’t it? I meant to score mine.

“That’s the bit of luck we’ve got at the mo­ment and the run con­tin­ues. Maybe we didn’t get that last year and we’re get­ting it this year. It’s fan­tas­tic.”


FORM Wy­combe Wan­der­ers have been re­warded for a fan­tas­tic De­cem­ber by scoop­ing a dou­ble Sky Bet League Two Man­ager and Player of the Month nom­i­na­tion.

Man­ager Gareth Ainsworth led the Chair­boys to five wins out of six dur­ing the month, drop­ping only two points to then-lead­ers Ply­mouth and se­cur­ing safe pas­sage in the FA Cup and Check­a­trade Tro­phy.

Striker Scott Kashket, mean­while, scored more than a goal a game in De­cem­ber, bag­ging seven in six games to con­tinue his tremen­dous run of form.

Ainsworth, who also won the Novem­ber award, is nom­i­nated along with Cam­bridge’s Shaun Derry, Colch­ester’s John McGreal and Ex­eter’s Paul Tis­dale.

Kashket, mean­while, will be look­ing to beat Carlisle winger Nicky Adams, Ply­mouth de­fender Os­car Threlkeld and Ex­eter striker Olly Watkins to the award.

The judg­ing panel com­prises for­mer Ipswich Town man­ager Ge­orge Bur­ley, Sky Sports’ EFL League ex­pert Don Good­man; EFL mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Drew Bar­rand, League Man­agers’ As­so­ci­a­tion di­rec­tor Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Foot­ball Trad­ing man­ager Paul Low­ery. The win­ners will be an­nounced on Fri­day.

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