The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Lyons

IF THERE was one team en­ti­tled to feel a lit­tle bit down in the dumps as they pre­pared for the new cam­paign, it was Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Gareth Ainsworth’s boys faded out of the League Two au­to­matic pro­mo­tion race in the fi­nal fur­long last sea­son, but seemed all set to go up via the glory route of Wem­b­ley when they led Southend United 1-0 in the clos­ing sec­onds of ex­tra-time in the play-off fi­nal.

Phil Brown’s Shrimpers looked as if they couldn’t hit a cow’s back­side with a banjo, but, from nowhere, they con­jured up a last-gasp move of qual­ity and sub Joe Pig­ott coolly stuck away his shot to break Wy­combe hearts. And then Southend tri­umphed on penal­ties.

But af­ter a pre-sea­son trip to France which en­abled them to train as well as play a match against French third tier side US Avranches (they lost 2-1), the Chair­boys are ready for a fresh start.

And Por­tuguese de­fender Sido Jom­bati in­sists there won’t be a hang­over.

“No chance,” he told The FLP. “The man­ager’s men­tal­ity is pos­i­tive. He is happy if you give 100 per cent, that’s what he wants.

“We know how good we are and how we did in the past. We’ll play our way, with high-press­ing football and we’ll see how it works.

“We haven’t set any tar­gets. We’ve seen some teams with big bud­gets, but we’ll just go game by game.”

But one thing the 27-yearold is clear about is the im­por­tance of that trip to France in blow­ing away the cob­webs and build­ing bonds be­tween the play­ers.

“It’s nice be­cause you get to know your team-mates,” said the for­mer Bath City and Chel­tenham man. “It’s five days, 24 hours and you can talk about ev­ery­thing. Some are more talk­a­tive than oth­ers and you learn how peo­ple are.

“It’s what you need to get team spirit. Ours is strong and it’s good for the new play­ers to see that.”

HUN­GRY: Sido Jom­bati

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