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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Wycombe Wanderers

We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

2 February 2018

With all the drama of deadline day now dying down, it’s back to Sky Bet League Two action for the Blues.

With United unbeaten in their last three league games, there is hope that Keith Curle’s side can mount a successful play-off bid.

But they will face a tough test of their credentials against a strong Wycombe side this weekend.

We put Wycombe under the spotlight ahead of our visit to Adams Park: 

Pushing for Promotion 

Having regularly finished in the top half of League Two for the last few seasons, many tipped Gareth Ainsworth’s men for success this season after the former QPR man kept most of last season’s squad intact while adding some real quality.

And they have lived up to that billing, with Wanderers currently sitting second in the league having lost only seven games all season. 

Indeed, Wycombe have lost only one of their last six league outings - and that was to promotion rivals Mansfield Town. 

A fine win against league leaders Luton Town in midweek handed Ainsworth’s men a big boost in their fight for promotion, with a Nathan Tyson brace and a strike from Paris Cowan-Hall securing a 3-2 win. 

Goals, Goals, Goals 

A key to Wycombe’s success this season has been their prolific nature in front of goal - Ainsworth’s side have netted 55 goals so far this season, with only Luton (66) scoring more. 

In their last three games alone, Wycombe have netted nine and are currently averaging just shy of two goals per game across the league season. 

With a range of attacking talent at their disposal - including Paris Cowan-Hall, Scott Kashket, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smitg - it’s perhaps no surprise that Wanderers have had such striking success so far. 

What Does History Tell Us? 

Carlisle and Wycombe only met for the first time in 1993, but have gone on to become regular foes over recent years. 

And it’s Wycombe who have had the best of the 21 meetings between the two sides having claimed seven victories compared to Carlisle’s five. 

A draw is the most popular result between the two, with nine games seeing the points shared. 

Recent form has been slightly more favourable towards the Cumbrians, who are unbeaten in the last five meetings with the Wanderers having claimed victory in both league meetings last season. 

Watch the highlights of the 3-3 draw from October this season here:

There’s Usually Goals 

Only two of the nine draws between these two sides have been goalless, and the fixture does tend to produce plenty of goals. 

Carlisle have stuck four past the Wanderers on two occasions, with Wycombe returning the favour once in 1996.

With an average of 2.6 goals per game between these two sides, could we be set for similar attacking entertainment on Saturday? 

Ones to Watch 

+ Dan Scarr – Handed his first Football League opportunity at Adams Park after joining on loan from Birmingham, centre back Scarr quickly impressed. His half-season loan was recently extended until the end of 2017/18 and the ex-Stourbridge man has become a key component at the heart of Wanderers’ defence. Calm and composed on the ball, he’s a real asset. 

+ Luke O’Nien - Formerly of Watford, O’Nien joined Wycombe after a successful trial at the club in 2015. In his first season at the club he scooped the Young Player of the Year award and has continued to go from strength to strength. A box-to-box midfielder, O’Nien chips in with plenty of goals and assists and has found the net twice already this season. 

+ Nathan Tyson – The prolific frontman rejoined the club that launched his career during the summer after a successful trial spell. Having initially joined the Chairboys in 2004, Tyson’s goalscoring exploits caught the eye of Nottingham Forest and later Derby and Doncaster. Now back at Adams Park, Tyson is rediscovering his old form and netted a brace in the midweek win over Luton Town.

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MATCH REPORT: Wycombe 4 - 3 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

3 February 2018

United were at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon for their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

And it was ultimately heartache for the Blues as two goals deep into added time gave the ten-man Chairboys an unlikely victory from a game that had just about everything.

Carlisle overcame a two-goal first half deficit to put themselves in the driving seat, but two lapses of concentration cost them as Wycombe bit back.

A low cross from Cowan-Hall had Akinfenwa interested early in the piece but his shot was blocked at source by Brown. The ball ricocheted out wide and Tyson delivered on the run from deep for Akinfenwa to nod. He connected well but he guided his header wide of the upright.

United started to get into their flow and a high ball forward from Brown had Wycombe on the back foot as Twardek tussled for possession. The away team had plenty forward and it eventually fell kindly for Brown to volley. He hit it with venom but it struck Jacobson and veered behind for a corner.

Brown found another excellent ball to pick out Twardek once again and the nippy wide man beat his marker and pulled it back for Stockton to shoot. It was a tight angle and the first-time effort whistled just past the upright.

Carlisle enjoyed the better of the early play and a tussle in midfield between Joyce and Bloomfield saw them push on again when the ball broke clear, and Jones fed it onwards for Twardek to chase. Scott Brown was off his line quickly and he got enough of a touch on the shot to slow it down. Gape hurried back to help and he hooked it away off the line.

A shot from distance from O'Nien, which dropped over the bar, sparked a better spell for the hosts and deliveries from left and right had Parkes and Hill at full stretch as they worked hard to clear their lines. The back line stood strong and the flurry was dealt with.

The opening goal of the game came from route one stuff as Akinfenwa bullied his way onto a high delivery. His final touch put Bloomfield in the clear and his toe-poke left Bonham with no chance.

And there was more bad news for the Cumbrians just two minutes later when a half clearance invited Cowan-Hall to shoot. Bonham parried it but Luke O'Nien was on hand to sweep the pieces into the roof of the net.

Carlisle were right back in it with just two minutes on the second half clock when a wonderful cross from substitute and debut boy Jamal Campbell-Ryce found Twardek unmarked at the back stick. He set himself for the volley and he left Scott Brown rooted to the spot with a thundering connection. An outstretched hand from Luke O’Nien stopped the ball on the line and he was given his marching orders as Danny Grainger steadied himself for the penalty. The captain put his boot through the spot kick and found the bottom corner.

The Cumbrians should have been back on level terms with their very next attack when Brown overlapped and crossed on the run. Devitt had the goal at his mercy, just eight yards out, but he lost his bearings and sent his volley high over the bar.

Scott Brown was then needed for a double-save as Carlisle got forward with purpose with every attack. His first was a parry from Devitt, as he ran forward and let fly, and he improvised to swipe the ball clear with his shin when Twardek followed up.

Wycombe were awarded a penalty of their own just after the hour when Bonham chopped Tyson to the floor as he broke through. Joe Jacobson stepped up to do the honours but the stopper redeemed himself with an excellent save.

Carlisle unpicked the stubborn ten-man lock again midway through the half when James Brown retrieved an excellent delivery from Twardek. He took an age to complete his cross, but it was perfect when it came as he found Devitt in acres of space. The midfielder bent low for the header and a deflection took it past Scott Brown.

And what to all intents and purposes looked like an amazing turnaround was completed when Brown bent a set piece at the far post. Cole Stockton grabbed his first goal for the club as he jumped highest to find the top corner with an accurate header.

Carlisle kept the ball well as the clock ticked down and Jones had the fans behind the goal on their feet as he set himself for a shot. It had plenty of power but it angled high.

New arrival Jamal Campbell-Ryce was denied his debut goal when Brown saved his crunching drive from distance in time added on, but it was Wycombe who surged forward as time added on approached.

And they were rewarded for their attacking approach when a deep cross from out wide found Cowan-Hall on the run. His header found the back of the net despite a touch from the diving Jack Bonham.

Carlisle hearts were broken with almost the last kick of the game when a half clearance from a Cowan-Hall delivery was pounced upon by Bean. His volley flew through the masses ranks inside the box and thumped into the bottom corner.

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Goals

Wycombe Wanderers - Bloomfield (28), O'Nien (30), Cowan-Hall (90), Bean (90)

Carlisle United - Grainger (49 pen), Devitt (68), Stockton (70)

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Bookings

Wycombe Wanderers: sent off - O'Nien (47)

Carlisle United - Parkes (22), Bonham (61), Twardek (72)

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Teams

Wycombe Wanderers - S Brown, Gape (Mackail-Smith 82), Jacobson (McGinley 82), Scarr, El-Abd, Bean, O'Nien, Bloomfield, Cowan-Hall, Akinfenwa, Tyson (Kashket 74). Subs - Ma-Kalambay, De Havilland, Freeman, Thompson.

Carlisle United - Bonham, J Brown, Liddle, Hill (Campbell-Ryce 46), Parkes, Grainger, Devitt, Joyce (Etuhu 34), Jones, Twardek (Hope 78), Stockton. Subs - Gray, Bennett, Lambe, Nadesan.

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Referee - Carl Boyeson

Attendance - 4,145 (298 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Wycombe Wanderers ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Wycombe

22 January 2018

Wycombe Wanderers v Carlisle United, Saturday 3 February, kick off 3pm

Prices

Adult (26-59) £20
Senior (60 & over) £17
Young adult (19-25) £15
Junior (12-18) £11
Under 11 £5

Tickets are available on the day of the game but prices increase by £2. 

Ambulant Disabled supporters will be charged at the relevant price category. Wheelchair users need to call the WWFC ticket office on 01494 441118. 

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Mon 22 Jan  10am – 5pm
Tue 23 Jan  10am – 5pm 
Wed 24 Jan 10am – 5pm
Thu 25 Jan 10am – 5pm
Fri 26 Jan 10am – 5pm
Sat 27 Jan 10am – 2.30pm
Sat 27 Jan 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 28 Jan Closed 
Mon 29 Jan 10am – 5pm
Tue 30 Jan 10am – 5pm
Wed 31 Jan 10am – 5pm
Thu 1 Feb 10am – 5pm

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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