The Opposition View: Wycombe Wanderers

Last updated : 27 January 2014 By Jim Bonner

Earlier in the season you suggested that Wycombe could make a challenge for the play-offs but they have the same amount of points as Portsmouth do. What has gone wrong? 

Pretty much everything! Had we managed to win the postponed game at Fratton Park, I think we'd have been two points off top, but ever since then it's been a disaster so am blaming the weather!

More seriously, it's a mixture of players being chronically out of form, managerial inexperience, injuries and awful discipline. We lack any sort of creativity and have conceded a ridiculous amount of late goals. We've shown a small amount of improvement in the last three games or so plus three new additions in the last week or so, and hopefully we'll be able to get the points needed to keep us in the league though think it will be tight.

Why have your team struggled to get results at home since October?

A lack of confidence has played a part, plus the fans have also started to get frustrated understandably which has been felt on the pitch. The fact we've haven't had a settled side for months hasn't helped.

You identified Matt Ingram and the centre backs as your standout performers before the match at Fratton Park, has that changed since then?

No, I think the defence generally has been decent and Ingram has put in some strong performances.  

What weaknesses could Pompey exploit in your current team on Tuesday night?

We don't have a Plan B, though some would say we don't really have a Plan A either. We'll line up 4-4-2, and if Pompey win the midfield battle I think we'll lose. The lack of confidence in this will definitely be something Pompey should look to exploit. 

How do you rate the current Pompey squad and the manager?

Really surprised at the struggles this year of Pompey, and the fact it doesn't really seem to be improving. I thought Richie Barker has done OK in his managerial career so far elsewhere, though managing Bury and Crawley are a world away from Portsmouth and the expectation levels.

Wycombe haven't won at home since October 12th but Pompey have only won one away game in the league all season, so how do you rate your chances?

As mentioned we have shown some improvement of late plus the new additions looked pretty good against Mansfield on Saturday so I'm cautiously optimistic. However, I think a draw is the obvious outcome.

The two fixtures between these two teams earlier this season were frantic affairs so can we expect the same again midweek?

Yes I think so - both sets of players will be nervous I would have thought given the runs both teams are on, the atmosphere should be good though as I imagine you'll bring a decent amount.

Predict the outcome of the game.

1-1. Wycombe to score first.