Our last encounter with Wycombe Wanderers so nearly turned out to be a Hallowe’en howler, when we had to rely on a peach of a Mario Vrancic free kick in the dying seconds of normal time to scrape a 2-1 win against a side who were adrift at the bottom then and are adrift at the bottom now.
Having re-read my previous pieces concerning the match, I can now recall that I praised Gareth Ainsworth to the hilt for his rock ‘n’ roll approach to football life and being an all-round good geezer.
I haven’t changed my mind on that but I also said that Wycombe began their #hithousing midway in the first half and never let up with it. We’re bound to be up against more of the same on Sunday dinner time at Adams Park, that’s for sure.
This will be our final match in a sequence of four against clubs in relegation danger and so far we’ve been 100%, even if a little bit dodgy at times at Birmingham on Tuesday, so I’ve not got any real fears about this particular fixture.
The posse of MFW regulars has been gathered and is ready to ride out, so here come their views:
A whimsical Alex Alexander [aka Ed] says:
“During my RAF career, I had to go to Wycombe to attend a selection interview in the early 1970s and as a result of being successful, spent over seven happy years in West Germany, about 20 miles from Dusseldorf in the 70s and 80s. My knowledge of the German language has been put to good use on a couple of occasions since returning to the UK. [Okay Alex, you can do the exclusive interview with Daniel Farke if we ever get one – Martin].
“The only other snippet I can offer is that Bill Turnbull who used to co-host BBC Breakfast and is a lifelong Wycombe Wanderers fan now lives in Suffolk.
“It looks very much as though the Chairboys’ time in the Championship will be relatively brief and they have suffered some heavy defeats already.”
Alex Bain suggests:
“They are a club that have produced two ex-City managers. Martin O’Neill enjoyed just a short stopover at City and after falling foul of Mr Chase, left for Leicester City and went on to bring much success to that club. Paul Lambert did well in the cup competitions for them and departed for Colchester, where he soon left after beating City 7-1 to join us.
“Wycombe are having a tough season but haven’t given up the fight even with some horrendous refereeing decision going against them.
“Their biggest win was against Preston 4-1 and the biggest loss was 7-2 against Brentford.”
Meanwhile Bernie Owen reckons:
“Anticipation! We’re at Adams Park to play the team fronted by the only manager to give Daniel Farke a run for his money in the rock ‘n’ roll footy manager image contest.
“Wycombe will definitely give it a go but the class and skill of City, both individually and collectively, will see Norwich claim the points.
“I’m expecting our fifth win on the spin”.
From the banks of the Yare, well almost, Cutty aka Herr Cutz reasons:
“So on Sunday, it’s the Canaries v the Chairboys, top v bottom, the Championship’s top-scoring duo v the Championship’s leakiest defence.
“An easy and certain win for City? The only certainty is, we don’t do easy. And the Chairboys won’t be sat about admiring our slick passing and skilful play. Ask Huddersfield, 2-0 up then losing 2-3 to a never say die Wycombe. That’s the same Huddersfield that beat the Swans 4-1.”
So what do the posse reckon we’ll see on the Adams Park scoreboard at full time?
Alex A: “I’d love to see us increase our goal difference, as in my opinion the automatic places could be decided on that. My score prediction: three or four-nil.”
Alex B: “Their transfers this season have mostly been freebees, so Gareth Ainsworth has a real rock ‘n’ roll task of keeping them in the Championship. They have conceded two or more goals in most games this season, so my prediction is a City 2-0 win.”
Bernie: “A close fought first half with one away goal will give way to a more dominant second half with two further City goals.”
Cutty: “A tough game, 10-man Wycombe beat Reading on Tuesday. Norwich will have 60% possession with a nervous 1-2 win, goals from our top-scoring duo Pukki and Buendia.”
Thanks for your views lads – I’ll see you all again before the Watford game
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