Written by billythekid
Well after that performance against Huddersfield Town that saw five good goals, it would be good to carry that on against our next visitors to Dean Court Wycombe Wanderers. Certain names bring back certain memories and for me it was the Big Man’s debut on his return to our club from Crawley in January 2009, signed by Eddie Howe who had recently become our manager. Wanderers were top of the league at the time, but the Big Man gave their central defenders a torrid time and the Cherries won 3-1. It was the start of the upturn in our club’s fortunes and that particular Grimsby Town game and goal by Fletch towards the end of that season. After this saw our rise up through the leagues.
That season of 2008-09 saw Wycombe Wanderers finish third in the table and promotion into League 1. They spent one season in this league and were relegated back down into League 2. They were again promoted at the end of the 2010-11 season again in third place back up into League 1. But again they only lasted one season and were back in League 2 for the 2012-13 season.
In September 2012, Wycombe player Gareth Ainsworth took the job of manager of the Chairboys (High Wycombe was known for making chairs), they remained in this league until the end of 2017-18 where again they were promoted in third place into League 1. They then spent two seasons in League 1 and the end of the second season (2019-20) they were promoted into the Championship via the play-offs.
Gary Ainsworth’s team have had a poor start to their first season in the Championship. Home and away they had seven straight defeats. Away from home, they have won 1, at Birmingham 1-2. They have drawn two, 1-1 at Derby county and 2-2 with Preston NE. They have lost six, 5-0 at Blackburn Rovers, 2-0 at Luton Town, 1-0 against Reading, 2-1 against Norwich City, 2-0 at Nottingham Forest and 2-1 at Barnsley. Their home record, W 1, D 3, L 5. They are 22rd in the table with 11 points and AFCB are 2nd with 34 points.
The last time we met Wycombe Wanderers at Dean Court was on 2nd January 2012 in League 1, we beat them 2-0, scorers Wes Thomas and Michael Symes, a good result which happened to be on my birthday. In our home league games, we have W 8, D 1, L 2.
In all competitions home and away W 13, D 6, L 6.
Bournemouth v Wycombe
AFCB Team News
Diego Rico will be back from suspension. No new injuries reported from Saturday. So just Arnaut Danjuma and Josh King who were close to coming back from injury, but not featured in the matchday squad yet. Another player missing was Chris Mepham through injury at Swansea.
AFCB Player To Watch
Dominic Solanke, high on confidence and our leading scorer with 8 and joint top with assists with David Brooks on 4. They looked a good partnership against Huddersfield Town. But with the way our team are playing, it is the team as a whole to watch, with some of the youngsters making their debuts from the bench. Not forgetting the ‘oldies’, Asmar Begovic, keepers tend to be remembered for the negative things, rather than the positive things they do.
Wycombe Team News
Players who have been out injured, Ryan Tafazolli, Uche Ikpeazu and Curtis Thompson.
Wycombe Player To Watch
Joe Jacobson seems to be one of their strong all-round players, the other is Scott Kashket.
Seeing this fixture brings to mind that win at home to Wycombe in L2 when they were top and flying, kick-starting our -17 fightback. Return of Fletch, that Pitman screamer.
We all know its true Bournemouth style to struggle here, especially if the players go in with an assumption of superiority. Roll the sleeves up, get stuck in, match their effort, only then the quality will come through. – Join the conversation, click here.