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Andy Phillips previews Saturday's clash with Wycombe Wanderers.

25 August 2017

Town host Wycombe Wanderers at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways.

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The Mariners will be hoping to build on an encouraging display against Derby County in the Carabao Cup in midweek as they take on a Chairboys side that will be looking to pick up their second victory on the road of the campaign.

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Two out through suspension

Town will be without Sam Jones, who serves the the second of a three match suspension, as well as Ben Davies following his dismissal on Tuesday night. Scott Vernon is ruled as having a 50-50 chance by boss Russell Slade after missing the last two games with a calf strain. Long term absentees Akwasi Asante, Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister remain a way away.

Wycombe midfielder Sam Jones and strikers Nathan Tyson and Paris Cowan-Hall all missed their Chairboys' trip to Notts County but manager Gareth Ainsworth is hoping for some positive news on their front, whilst defender Anthony Stewart could make his debut for the club. Experienced striker Craig Mackail-Smith is also pushing for a start after making his first appearance of the season last weekend.

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Chairboys aiming for play-offs

Wycombe will be aiming for the play-offs last season after a ninth place finish last campaign and have given themselves plenty to build on.

The Chairboys had one of the better defences in the league last season but have conceded ten goals so far already so will be looking to improve on that, although on the positive side for them they have scored seven in their three league games so have plenty of firepower at their disposal.

Big striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored two of those and remains a constant threat after singing a new deal over the summer, whilst the youth of Dayle Southwell and the experience of both Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith, who joined from Luton Town, gives boss Gareth Ainsworth plenty of firepower at his disposal. Egyptian defender Adam El-Abd signed from Shrewsbury Town in the summer and was immediately made captain so it will be hoped the former Brighton man can make an impact.

Gareth Ainsworth took charge at Wycombe took charge in 2012 and turned the club's fortunes around, reaching the play-off final in 2015 when they lost on penalties to Southend. The Chairboys haven't reached the promotion positions again since then but with his ability to attract players to the club, it wouldn't be a surprise if they are to do so this campaign.

A Wycombe double last season

Town will be looking for revenge after Wycombe picked up six points from both games that the two teams played last campaign.

The first of those was Town's second game of the season last August as the Mariners headed to Adams Park for the first time in seven years. A Sido Jombati free-kick was cancelled out by an Andrew Boyce equaliser with eleven minutes to go before just as it looked like Town were going to pick up a point, Anthony Stewart popped up to take advantage of a long throw and an Akinfenwa flick on to win the game for Wycombe.

The return game at Blundell Park came in March when a penalty from last season's Young Player of the Year Callum Dyson gave Town an early lead before Wycombe turned the game around in the second half through an unfortunate Danny Collins own goal before a Paris Cowan-Hall winner with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade: ''(It'll be a) physical, powerful battle. A very direct team, but they know what they’re doing without a shadow of a doubt, so it’ll be a tough battle – one where you’ve got to roll your sleeves up and not one for the faint-hearted. That’s the focus, and it’s our next opportunity. We need to embrace this challenge, and go out there and get us off the ground at home and get three points, and that would look a lot better going forward.''


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