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    Wycombe (FA cup rnd 4) H 15.00 sat jan 28th

    Discussion in 'Match Day Chat' started by skiathospurs, Jan 25, 2017.

    1. skiathospurs

      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Would it suprise you to know we have never beaten Wycombe?never drawn and never lost either.(in competition)
      Wycombe are currently 5TH in league 2 and their recent form is WWDDDW and 16 unbeaten in all competitions!!
      They have Adebayo Akinfenwa in their ranks,he carries a bit of timber if you didnt know [​IMG]

      Their nickname is "the Chairboys",Martin O`Neil took them into the league in `93,tony Adams got them relegated,then spurs old boy John Gorman managed them to a record unbeaten 21 league games at the start of the 06 season,Paul Lambert also managed them along with another spurs old boy Peter Taylor,their current manager is Gareth Ainsworth and in 2001 they reached the fa cup semi-finals !!! losing 2-1 to eventual winners liverpool.

      They have been given an allocation of 4,035 tickets,hopefully that will be 4035 unhappy people on the short trip home.They played tues night in some ungodly named cup,our lads were on the piss in Spain,lets hope our XI dont take it too lightly.Expect a vastly different side to city away,surely Janssen will make the squad?he hasnt even made the bench recently,no chance toby,jan,danny all a bit crocked,but the line up we have in reserve should give us no excuses not to progress.
      win this and 2 games from a home wembley game semi-final.
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Good news,saturdays game has foreign coverage,so will be streamed!

      australia ESPN2 Pacific Rim
      canada Sportsnet World Now
      `merica Fox Soccer Plus Fox Soccer 2GO USA
      sth africa SuperSport Maximo 2 SuperSport 5 SuperSport 5 Africa
      No asia coverage listed
       
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      Dorset The Voice Of Reason Founding Member

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      I wish we had a tinpot cup to play in this week, it seems such a long week. I can't wait until Saturday.
       
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      Don Diaz Zero tolerance of Numpty's Founding Member

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      I live very close to High Wycombe, and saw many a match at the old Loakes park, with the famous (around here, anyway) slope. They played Middlesborough a very long time ago in the FA Cup drawing 0-0 at home in front of 15,000. 'Boro were in the first division and Wycombe were in something called the Isthmian League....which morphed into the Conference I think....it was a long time ago. The semi-final of course, under Lawrie Sanchez, was their really big one.

      I wish them well and good luck on Saturday. I'd be happy if they lost narrowly 3-2 to a Janssen hatrick.

      Beware the Beast (see above)
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      There are fairytales and upsets in this competition'
      Tottenham v Wycombe (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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      League Two Wycombe Wanderers travel to Tottenham on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round.

      Gareth Ainsworth's side are unbeaten in 16 games in all competitons and are fifth in the league.

      "If it takes Tottenham Hotspur to end our unbeaten run then that says something", said Ainsworth. "But I'm hoping we can keep this run going."

      "There's no pressure on us. We'll give our best and see what happens. We know we can cause them problems.

      "There are fairytales and upsets in this competition. If Spurs aren't at their best then we have a chance. We believe in ourselves."
       

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      Don Diaz Zero tolerance of Numpty's Founding Member

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      I would be very surprised if they are anywhere near good enough to get close to us tbh. Surprises do happen of course, but I suspect not this weekend at WHL. They drew 1-1 with Villa last season in the FA Cup on their own ground, when Villa were just about at their worst.
       
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      After a few days in Barna...

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      ... does that suggest what sort of team Pochettino is likely to chose? We have a game the following Tuesday, away to Sunderland in the league which could mean 'some' players won't play for a good ten days.

      Here's hoping Vincent Janssen can finally get the feel good factor into his confidence and produce something to remember. I'd start him I think although, in his last game against Villa he really looked funked off lol!

      Vorm

      Carter-Vickers - Alderweireld - Davies

      Trippier - Dier - Winks - Rose

      Son - N'Koudou

      Janssen​

      Lopez, Wimmer, Eriksen, Sissoko, Alli, Onomah, Kane
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Poch on Kane: "He was training in Barcelona next to the group. We hope for Tues it’s not a problem. Now's not a moment to take risk."For those #thfc fans wondering, Marcus Edwards returned to training today. Poch didn't rule out the chance of him being on the bench on Sat.
      Jan Vertonghen is much better but probably 3-4 weeks more, Erik Lamela will be assessed in the main group on Friday

      How`s this for quality. Poch says he, Jesus Perez & John McDermott will visit Ryan Mason immediately after the press conference. "He is a person we love."
       
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      Don Diaz Zero tolerance of Numpty's Founding Member

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      Mate, Toby has a 'tight' hamstring so he won't play and might not even make Sunderland? I reckon based on who is available and factoring in a bit of extra rest, rotation for a few we'll see:

      Vorm
      Trippier, CCV, Wimmer, Davies
      Winks, Dier
      Son, Eriksen, Sissoko
      Janssen

      Lopez, GKN, Dele, Kane, Onomah, Wanyama, Rose
       
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      I'll change my subs but the rest is pretty good I reckon....wonder if any of the academy boys will make the bench? is Edwards fit yet?
       
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      reading ski's post above, I reckon you are probably right in going with a flat back four. I'd like to see N'Koudou have a start too.
       
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      Ok I`ll completly put the mockers on it and do a "prediction" whoooooo spooky.
      Everyone from city rested (who started) except Wimmer,dier and wanyama.
      That allows for 3 or 4 at the back depending on Diers role with him and wanyama guiding winks at 10,son on the left,sissoko on the right and big vince upfront,only big gun on the bench Dele.
       
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      That team should batter a 4th division side into the middle of next week - but it's the FA Cup and we all know what can happen. I would like to see Georges Kevin and I really hope that Janssen starts, I am sure he will, but you never know eh?
       
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      Dorset The Voice Of Reason Founding Member

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      Match referee is Roger East ,seems to have been demoted as he has only done a handful fo PL games this year.
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      http://www.espnfc.com/club/tottenha...eeds-fa-cup-boost-when-tottenham-face-wycombe
      Vincent Janssen needs FA Cup boost when Tottenham face Wycombe

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      Shortly after the FA Cup fourth round draw was made, footage emerged of the Wycombe Wanderers players leaping from their seats in front of the TV and raucously celebrating the prospect of a trip to Tottenham.

      It was a moment which encapsulated the excitement the FA Cup can bring, as a lower league team got a shot at one of the big boys in a Premier League stadium -- albeit an arena which is missing its north-east corner and is surrounded by a building site.

      Of course, Wycombe have history in this competition, having triumphed away against Leicester City in the quarterfinals in 2001 before going down narrowly 2-1 against Liverpool at Villa Park in the last four.

      In a particularly memorable semifinal, Keith Ryan's goal will be screened again in the coming days as Gareth Ainsworth's current crop target their own piece of history -- and they are unbeaten in 16 matches so they deserve respect.

      Nonetheless, Spurs' players were probably just as pleased when they were handed their fourth round opponents. As they bid to end their nine-year wait for a trophy, while maintaining their position in the top four, a home draw against a League Two club was pretty much the perfect scenario for Tottenham's manager and stars.

      Mauricio Pochettino would probably have picked a reserve team at this stage regardless of the opposition. But, with a top flight trip to Sunderland approaching on Tuesday, the Argentinian can rotate his squad with extra confidence this weekend.

      Spurs' second-string players should certainly be good enough to overcome Wycombe, especially at the Lane, and if they fall short it is the men on the pitch who will face the inquisition rather than the man who picked the lineup.

      Yet the bigger the gaps are between the sides in the national pyramid, the more embarrassing any slip-ups become.

      Tottenham have been handed a big opportunity, but by the same token a failure would be much more acute -- and that same dichotomy makes this a big match for Vincent Janssen on a personal level.

      The Dutch striker looked lively and tenacious in his early appearances this season, but the £17million summer signing has so far been unable to score from open play and that is clearly weighing increasingly heavily on his shoulders.

      His bumbling display against Championship side Aston Villa in the third round of the cup marked a low point and having been substituted on the hour-mark when the game was still goalless, he has been omitted from the last two matchday squads.

      Pochettino has been happy to trust Son Heung-Min to provide an attacking threat from the bench, and the South Korean has justified that faith. Having succeeded where Janssen failed against Villa -- scoring after moving up front in place of the Dutchman -- Son also entered the fray at half time against Manchester City on Saturday and netted the crucial equaliser.
      Janssen will now get his best chance to remove the millstone from around his neck, leading the line in a home game against a League Two outfit -- and a sorely needed strike might just transform his confidence and kickstart his Spurs career.

      Conversely, another failure would probably deliver another, and particularly damaging, blow to his self-esteem.

      He will surely get further opportunities to play after this weekend, both in the FA Cup -- if Spurs progress as expected -- and in the Europa League. However, the opponents will presumably only get more difficult in both competitions, and the defences more resilient.

      Of course, Janssen is not the only one who will be seeking to impress. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou provided an enticing glimpse of what he can do in the last round of the cup, setting up the opening goal immediately after his introduction and also playing a part in the build-up to Son's strike.

      The 21-year-old winger has not got on to the pitch since then but he is likely to play some part against Wycombe and will be keen to continue his progress. Centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18, should get the nod in the starting lineup, and Kevin Wimmer could do with a confidence-boosting, steadying outing after being substituted at half time at Man City.

      Josh Onomah will also be itching for some minutes -- the 19-year-old has only had four brief cameos since his last start three months ago.

      However, Janssen's confidence is the most pressing issue as the weekend approaches, and if Spurs are able to put the result beyond doubt in timely fashion on Saturday, the focus is likely to centre around one man and his quest for that elusive goal.
       
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      Don Diaz Zero tolerance of Numpty's Founding Member

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      I really hope and want Janssen to score and even if he doesn't I hope he is not subbed and even if he is, I want him to start and score against Gent and even if he doesn't......well you get the picture....
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      I will settle for the hustle and bustle of his first half dozen games,with the form Son and Dele are in he can also be pretty good for an assist or two.Hopefully the crowd will sing his name loud and proud like bale&soldado when they were also playing pants and help give him the lift which is all he needs.Its all in his head,even though it does!!relax and play like it doesnt matter,I could go all Pacino throw it to the buick if you remember that scene from any given sunday?
       
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      Nope haven't seen the film, but really like Pacino in many films, especially 'Scent of a woman'.
       
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      skiathospurs Well-Known Member Founding Member

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      Mate its good,oliver stone as well,good cinematography,you dont have to like or understand NFL to appreciate it,he does a couple of really good manager/coaches speeches in it,but watch this it wont spoil it for you!!lol (is that still allowed?):D


      ;)
       
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      [​IMG]

      In 2001, Wycombe Wanderers shocked the football world by reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup as a third-tier club.

      This season, the League Two Chairboys have a chance of another slice of glory as they travel to Premier League title contenders Tottenham in the fourth round on Saturday.

      But who are the men trying to take down Spurs on the back of a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which has taken them from a relegation battle into fifth place in the fourth tier?

      Messi's body double
      Wycombe midfielder Sam Wood certainly did not take a conventional route into football.

      At 16, when most up-and-coming footballers are in academies, Wood was fitting carpets in Kent while playing for non-league Cray Wanderers.

      Two years later, when most players have signed professional deals, he was working in a shoe shop as a Christmas temp.

      But after a friend introduced him to former Southend midfielder and Dream Team actor Andy Ansah, Wood was thrust into the world of football modelling.


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      Sam Wood has scored 19 league goals in his career. Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 298.


      "I did some body doubling for Lionel Messi in an advert, which not a lot of people know about," said Wood.

      "They flew me out to Spain and put me up in a hotel. I did all the stuff and he would come in to do all of the interviews about 20 yards away. But I've also done a few with Cristiano Ronaldo, I think about three adverts."

      During their days at Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas and Eduardo were also played by Wood.

      Though still a non-league player at the time, his ability on the pitch was being put to good use elsewhere.

      "We did a bit of filming at Millwall with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] and [Marco] Materazzi. A corner came in and Materazzi was heading it in. I was crossing the ball but you don't see me on camera," he said.

      "I was still working at Bluewater Shopping Centre and playing for Bromley so it was whenever I could get the days off."


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      Sam Wood (far right) scored for Wycombe as they defeated Stourbridge in the third round of the FA Cup


      It was during a trial at Brentford that the then 21-year-old finally got his break after impressing in a behind-closed-doors game against Fulham, signing his first contract at the end-of-season awards.

      Wood helped the Bees win the League Two title and was named supporters' player of the year in his first season. After four years and a loan spell at Rotherham, he joined Wycombe, for whom he has made more than 150 league appearances.

      But what about his other skill?

      "In the first season at Brentford people were asking me to come round to do their carpets and I said 'nah, nah'.

      "I did my mum's carpet that season but it didn't go well, and I haven't done it since. I'd got rid of my tools so I was borrowing tools, and it kind of made me realise I'd better not do this any more and keep working hard in training."

      Royal connections
      When Scott Kashket joined Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer in the summer, very few people batted an eyelid. But the 20-year-old forward has been a revelation, scoring 14 goals in 18 appearances.

      It has been quite a journey for a man who quit the game as a 15-year-old to play futsal for Great Britain's Jewish team, having been told he was too small for football.


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      Scott Kashket only made his Wycombe debut in September, but has helped the club rise from near the bottom of League Two


      He returned to football in 2012 after Spanish Serie B side Hercules spotted him playing the indoor game, before signing for Leyton Orient, only to be told chairman Francesco Becchetti had apparently blocked him from playing.

      "He wouldn't even give me reasons why, he wouldn't even let me train," said Kashket. "I just wanted to get out of there and make a fresh start as soon as possible."

      A fresh start was made at Adams Park, and he has since struck up a formidable partnership with Adebayo 'The Beast' Akinfenwa, but there was one game on Kashket's mind when he signed for Wycombe.

      "The first thing I looked for was 'when are we playing Orient?' I started playing a couple of weeks before that and I just wanted to score and celebrate so the chairman could see it."

      And score, he did - the only goal in a 1-0 victory.

      Kashket comes from a family of Tottenham fans, and his father Russell is a tailor of note, having reportedly made the suit Prince William wore for his marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011.


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      Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011


      "A royal wedding is not going to come around very often, so it was brilliant to be able do that," said Kashket.

      "I don't really take too much interest in it. That wasn't my thing. I always wanted to play football ever since I was a kid and now that's exactly what I'm doing."

      And what is it like to play against the side he has supported since he was a boy in the FA Cup?

      "It was a brilliant draw and it's even better because it'll be the last chance to play at White Hart Lane, because they're moving out."


      Famous in Singapore
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      Luke O'Nien has made 59 appearances for Wycombe since joining in the summer of 2015


      It is not often a lower-league footballer would be popular in the Far East, but that is certainly the case for Chairboys midfielder Luke O'Nien.

      The former Watford trainee's grandfather came from Singapore and, before last season's FA Cup match against Aston Villa, a call came into the club asking to speak to him.

      "It wasn't a secret but it wasn't really well known that I had a quarter-Singaporean in me," said O'Nien. "A Singaporean reporter contacted the club and we did a big interview over Skype, which made the front cover of a sports magazine.

      "It was bizarre because I've never had anything like it before."

      While his grandfather was an artist, it is O'Nien's great uncle that is most well known in the island city state.

      "He was a government minister and very influential in the housing in Singapore in the 1960s," said the 22-year-old.

      Very influential is an understatement. Lim Kim San has been labelled "the man who helped to house a generation", helping oversee the building of more houses in three years than the previous 32 combined.


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      O'Nien said he can no longer hear the song "Hotel California" without remembering Adebayo Akinfewa's rendition on the club's pre-season trip to France


      Having been brought up in Hertfordshire, O'Nien qualifies for the Singapore national team.

      Asked if he would play for the country, he said: "You never know.

      "It would always be an honour to represent your country so if the opportunity came up I'd give it some serious consideration.

      "But it is like 'I've got a home game, I'll see you in a couple of days' and jump on a plane."


      Signed off the back of a video
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      Max Muller (left) alongside manager Gareth Ainsworth after signing for Wycombe


      Every summer, out-of-contract footballers hunt for their next deal. But in a saturated market you need to do something to stand out. Step forward German centre-back Max Muller.

      "I was injured for the second half of last season so my agent and I had an idea to get a video together of my best scenes from when I was fit," he said.

      "I don't even know which clubs got the video, but Gareth obviously replied. He said he liked it but wanted me to come over for a week's trial."

      Ainsworth would probably have never heard of Muller before, a man whose previous clubs played in the German and Austrian second divisions.

      But of the hundreds of player videos Ainsworth was sent by agents, Muller's was the one to catch his eye, and he was invited to the club's pre-season tour of France.

      It was there, playing for a foreign club he had never even heard of, that his hamstring injury from the previous season flared up once more, leaving him set for a lengthy on the sidelines and without a contract to fall back on.

      "Gareth gave me a few days off to go home and speak to my family and get all the support, because I was honestly thinking about quitting football," said Muller in impeccable English.

      "It was my third hamstring injury in half a season, and it was a grade three as well which would take about four to five months to heal."

      Despite his injury, Ainsworth was convinced Muller could be a success and gave him the contract and rehab to get through his injury.

      The defender, who had a trial at Premier League side Stoke City at the age of 18, has since played in three EFL Trophy games on his way back to fitness.

      And, if called upon against Tottenham should first-choice pairing of Anthony Stewart and Aaron Pierre be unavailable, Ainsworth and Muller could be rather thankful for taking the time to watch an out-of-the-blue video.
       
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      Weird to say about a small team like this but this is gonna be a tough one I reckon. They are gonna be loving it out there and rightfully so. I think we'll do them by a few in the end but they'll fight to the final whistle regardless!

      Great chance for Janssen to get out in a chilled, fun atmosphere and get one!

      Looking forward to this! COYS.
       
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      It might be a frustrating viewing this...

      [link] [link] [link] I'm betting on the third link to be the most stable but, maybe test them all first?
       
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