WOOD DOES HIS BIT
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.”
DOUBLE AWARD NOMINATION
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.