By Ollie Neno
I was on a flight back from Edinburgh the first time we visited Adams Park this season back in August, but despite not having been there that day like I usually would have, the circumstances in how that game came to a conclusion has bugged me ever since.
Football is a funny game and no one can know for certain how much of an impact us not bringing the three points back from Buckinghamshire had, or if the season would have panned out any differently since then.
My own opinion is that we wouldn’t have had to wait until our trip to Exeter over a month later to finally record another win - but I guess we’ll never know.
Unfortunately the performance in Saturday’s highly anticipated rearranged fixture summed up the season that has followed since that day.
Tricky chairboys winger Joel Grant ran unchallenged through our half before slotting home and player/manager Gareth Ainsworth headed in Wycombe’s second after a swift counter in the second half. A reckless 93rd minute dismissal for Matt Lund summed up the frustration felt both on the pitch and in the away end.
For the first time this season the travelling Gasheads made their feelings clear at the end of the match, with the defeat leaving us hovering precariously above the drop zone and wasting our game in hand.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Whilst we can’t keep using the injuries as an excuse, even the countries top clubs would struggle to cope with having 6/7 of their first team players out like we’ve had at times this campaign.
However finally it looks as if there may be some light at the end of the injury tunnel and we can start to get more senior players out on the training pitch and off of Phil Kite’s treatment table.
Matt Gill and Danny Woodards got another 60 minutes under their belts on Saturday as they slowly edge towards full fitness, whilst the imminent return of Cian Bolger can’t come quick enough with our defence visibly missing the Irishmen’s mobility at its heart.
And with the January transfer window now less than a month away, McGhee confirmed during Monday’s AGM that new players will be arriving to boost the squad, which we will all agree are desperately needed.
Top priority seems to be signing the experienced midfield enforcer that we have been crying out for since the start of the season. This type of player should provide the bite in midfield that has been missing since JP Kalala was at the club, and stop us being overrun in that area of the pitch.
This Saturday we face 16th placed Dagenham & Redbridge, who were narrowly beaten at Torquay on the weekend and have recently lost top scorer Dwight Gayle to Championship side Peterborough United.
With rapid winger Fabian Broghammer likely to regain his place on the left of midfield having recovered from the flu, the German will hopefully be able to provide the pace and penetration we lacked on the weekend and help us to a vital win at the Mem.
It’s a tough time to be a Gashead at the moment, but lets try to get behind the boys on Saturday and hope the game brings an early Christmas present for us all.