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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers

14 September 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield go in search of their first league win for the sixth time of asking, as they welcome fellow League Two newcomers Wycombe to the Proact Stadium. The Spireites looked to have clinched their first three-point haul of the season at Bootham Crescent last Saturday, but Jason Walker's wonder goal in the 95th minute snatched a point for York City.

Caretaker manager Tommy Wright is still yet to taste defeat as Spireites boss after having drawn both his games on the road against table-topping Gillingham and the Minstermen and also beating Paul Dickov's Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Wycombe, meanwhile, have suffered a similar fate since their relegation from League One last season. The Chairboys are without a win in their last four following a 3-1 win against Gary Mills' York on the opening day, with an early own goal from Keith Lowe putting a halt to three consecutive defeats as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cheltenham Town at Adams Park last time out.

The Spireites ran riot when the sides last met in Derbsyhire, with goals from Craig Westcarr, Franck Moussa, Alex Mendy and Jordan Bowery giving the hosts a 4-0 win to keep their slim hopes of League One survival alive.

Team News –


Manager Tommy Wright has boosted his squad with the arrival of Sunderland stopper Ben Wilson and Huddersfield Chris Atkinson on loan deals and the two youngsters are likely to be named on the substitutes bench on Saturday. Danny Whitaker missed the trip to York following an injury he sustained in training, but he has recovered and will most likely replace youngster Jacob Hazel.

Wycombe Wanderers

Wanderers boss Gary Waddock has moved to sign former Spireite Dean Morgan on a short-term deal until January and the 28-year-old may make his first bow for the Chairboys against his former club tomorrow. The former Republic of Ireland international has a threadbare squad to choose from and both Dennis Oli and Matthew Spring were withdraw in the first-half against the Robins.

Defensive trio Danny Foster, Anthony Stewart and Marvin McCoy are all sidelined through injury, but Matt McClure and Watford loanee Adam Thompson are likely to return from international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.

Last Time Out –


York City 2-2 Chesterfield (Hird 35, Westcarr 41; Coulson 38, Walker 90+5)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) O'Donnell; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Talbot, Allott (Clay 85), Togwell, Hazel (Boden 60); Richards (Lester 88), Westcarr.

Unused Subs - Darikwa, Wafula, Randall, Crossley.

Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Cheltenham Town (Lowe O.G 3; Harrad 38)

Wycombe: Bull, Dunne, Parsons, Doherty (c), Johnson, Lewis, Spring (Ainsworth 40), Kewley-Graham, Grant, Kuffour, Oli (Logan 21).

Subs not used: Ingram, Foster, Basey, Winfield, Angol.

One to Watch -

Jo Kuffour

30-year-old forward Jo Kuffour made the switch to Adams Park this summer, after having been released by new Gillingham boss Martin Allen. He's yet to get off the mark for the Chairboys, but impressed at Priestfield firing seven goals in 12 games during his loan spell from Bristol Rovers before signing a permanent deal until the end of the season.

Kuffour began his career at Arsenal back in 1998 and he won the FA Youth Cup with the Gunners two years later. He struggle to break into the first team at Highbury and was subsequently loaned out to Swindon Town, where he scored twice in 11 appearances. He was released by Arsene Wenger in 2002 before beng snapped up by Torquay United, where he went on to make a staggering 148 appearances, scoring 30 times.

He established himself as a regular at Plainmoor under Leroy Rosenior, helping the Gulls to automatic promotion to the third tier in 2004. He followed Rosenior to Brentford on a free transfer and scored on 2 occasions before being call up to represent Ghana, but he couldn't prevent the Bees from finishing bottom of the table.

The veteran striker then turned down the opportunity to stay at Griffin Park and join Huddersfield Town and instead moved to Bournemouth, where he again scored 12 before moving to Bristol Rovers in 2008. He had an instant impact at the Memorial Stadium, scoring 32 times for the Pirates in 130 appearances and he finished the 2009/10 season as top scorer with 14.


Ticket Information -

Tickets for the npower League Two clash with Wycombe Wanderers are available to purchase.

Prices for this fixture are as follows:

From £18 Adult, from £12 Concession, from £5 Juvenile and from £2 aged seven & under.

Supporters wishing to buy tickets for this game can do so at the Proact Stadium ticket office, by phone (01246 488232) or online.

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