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“Matt Bloomfield needs time and patience before any real opinion can be made.” (Q&A)

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Ahead of today’s match versus Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park in League One, which will be refereed by Scott Oldham, we have done a Q&A with one of their supporters. Thank you to Chris, who is a contributor to The Wycombe Way, for answering our questions!

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Match Thread: Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City

How long have you supported Wycombe Wanderers?

I’ve supported Wycombe for over 35 years now. I first started watching us in our non-league days at our old ground, Loakes Park. Quite a lot has changed since then.

What were and now are your hopes and expectations for the 2023/24 season?

I hoped for play-offs but felt lower mid-table was more likely. I still retain the same hope now.

What are your views on your manager?

Matt Bloomfield needs time and patience before any real opinion can be made. There are more vocal elements of our fan base who feel he has had more than enough of that.

Style of play and tactics – direct/passing/hybrid?

We have slowly started to move away from the traditional style many opposition fans believe us to play. Whilst we still retain a physical and aerial element, we look to have more possession than in the past, using players such as McCleary, Sadlier and Dale Taylor to supply Sam Vokes.

One(s) to watch now and in the future?

There is just one name on every Wycombe fan’s lips right now and that is Richard Kone. A player who was first on the club’s radar over 2 years ago. Richard was spotted playing for Ivory Coast in the Homeless World Cup. Visa issues have meant that he has trained at times with the club but has only been able to play Essex Senior League Football. He made his debut on Tuesday and scored. Hopes are high that he will replicate that today.

Random fact about your Club?

We hold the record for scoring 2 goals without the other team touching the ball. In 2000 our good friends at Peterborough came to Adams Park. We scored with the last touch of the first half and then right at the beginning of the second. It’s not something we like to remind them of too much.

Which were your favourite and least favourite matches involving Wycombe Wanderers?

An easy favourite would have to be the 2001 FA Cup 5th-round replay against Wimbledon. A game that literally had everything.

The worst would probably be any match under Alan Smith. It’s quite remarkable how one person can undo the legacy left by his predecessor. His name still brings shudders to the spine.

Should the gig become available, can you see Gareth Ainsworth doing a comeback tour or has that ship sailed?

Reluctantly I will say no. Gareth remains a legend and will always have hero status but were he to come in, it would be a sign that things with Matt haven’t worked out and no one wants that.

Where do you think your team needs reinforcements in this January window?

Some signings have already been made to attacking positions which is promising. I’d still like a cultured central midfielder and another left-back option.

Which sides do you think will finish in the top six and bottom four?

Fleetwood and Burton appear obvious answers at the bottom although it is hard to suggest any others as so much change has happened.

At the top, I’d expect Bolton and Derby to get automatics with Posh and Pompey battling hard too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a surge from Blackpool too.

What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?

Lincoln are a club I admire and one I feel we can use as an example of how to operate.

If you could steal one Lincoln player for your team, who would it be and why?

The guy who scored the ridiculous goal against us last season just so we never need to experience that again.

What is your prediction for this match?

A 2-0 Wycombe win.

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