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Wycombe Wanderers Match Preview

8 January 2021

For the third time in eight years the Lilywhites will travel to Adams Park for a cup tie, as Preston North End take on Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

First Team News

Watch Wycombe Cup Tie Free On FA Player

7 January 2021

Both sides will see it as an opportunity to get through and for a good cup run, in a season where a lot of big clubs may choose to utilise their squads to their full potential.

The two teams only met last month, playing out a 2-2 draw at Deepdale, although their last meeting in the cup was in 2018, when the League Two Chairboys were defeated 5-1, with Alan Browne and Josh Harrop both getting a brace and now Wycombe winger Daryl Horgan grabbing the other.

The game is being played behind closed doors, but is available to watch for free on the FA’s Player service, with more details below.

Match Information
Competition: Emirates FA Cup Third Round Proper
Date: Saturday 9th January, kick-off 3pm
Venue: Adams Park
Kit: 2020/21 third green kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 9; Draws – 2; Wycombe Wanderers - 2

Team News
Manager Alex Neil could hand a debut to new loan signings Jayson Molumby and Daniel Iversen, subject to governing body ratification of the transfers.

The manager also said that Ben Pearson is getting closer to fitness, after getting injured against the Chairboys at Deepdale at the beginning of December.

Declan Rudd is out, after getting injured in training and will join Louis Moult, Billy Bodin and Patrick Bauer on the sidelines.

Gareth Ainsworth could hand a debut to loan signing from Leicester City Admiral Muskwe. The striker joining from the Foxes for the rest of the season this week.

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Match Officials
A late change of match official sees Stephen Martin take the whistle for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie.

It is Steve’s second PNE match of the season, having done the Carabao Cup tie with Brighton back in September.

Last season he did four PNE games, his last being the the win over Birmingham City in the final home game of the season. He was also the match official for our opening day game down at Millwall, the 1-0 victory over Birmingham at St Andrews and the 3-2 comeback victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Steve also had whistle for the Millwall away game in 2018/19, when Alex Neil’s men came out 3-1 winners, back in February 2019 at The Den. That was one of the match official’s three games officiating North End that season, the others being PNE’s wins at Nottingham Forest and at home to Ipswich Town – that visit to PR1 being back in April 2019, when we ran out 4-0 winners.

Since coming onto the EFL lists back in 2012/13, the Staffordshire referee has officiated many North End games, at least one a season for all the years he has been on the league groupings.

His first game was a goalless draw against Leyton Orient back in March 2013, whilst other memorable games include our 3-0 win at Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup in 2014, when Callum Robinson scored a hat-trick, a 3-0 home win over Cardiff City in 2016 and a 3-1 win at Oldham’s Boundary Park in 2014.

This is his 18th game of the season, having also refereed Wycombe once, in a goalless draw at home to Huddersfield Town, issuing 34 cautions and no red cards in his previous 17 games. He will be assisted by Graham Kane and Stephen Brown, whilst Alan Young will be fourth official.

Opposition View
Gareth Ainsworth said: ““It’s another old club of mine which is always nice, and obviously it’s a club we know a fair bit about after playing against them last month in the league.

“Looking back at it, I think we should have won that game – they threw everything at us at the end got their point, but overall I don’t think they’re a team that is a million miles away from us and now we go into the cup match looking to be strong, attacking and good enough to make it to the next round.

“Some might say this is a distraction from the league for us but it’s just another game that we want to win. In all my years as a player, playing in all sorts of different competitions, I don’t remember ever going into a game thinking anything other than ‘I want to win this game of football’.

“We want to pick up momentum and get back into that winning habit that we can take into the league games, and as well as that, I want to be able to give this club a cup run for the fans, the players, staff and owners too.”

Match Coverage
Supporters in the UK can watch the match live through the FA’s video platform here.

You will need to register for a free account before you can watch the game, with the stream available on desktop, and on mobile and tablet via the FA Player app.

Due to FA Cup broadcasting regulations, this game will not be available on iFollow PNE, however audio commentary will be available for supporters.

Linked Stories
Alex Neil: “We Will Go With A Strong Team”: Preston North End manager Alex Neil will name a strong side for his team’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: We have a couple of great FA Cup games at Adams Park to recall, but we have gone back just three years to 6th January 2018 as the Lilywhites put on a five star performance to make it through to the fourth round. Click here for the details.

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Match Reports

Wycombe Wanderers 4 Preston North End 1

9 January 2021

Goals from Fred Onyedinma, a Joe Jacobson penalty, Josh Knight and Alex Samuel put Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Emil Riis did score from the penalty spot just before half-time to give the Lilywhites hope, after going three down in first half, but the Chairboys completed their win in the last ten minutes.

Alex Neil made seven changes to the side that played a week prior against Nottingham Forest, with Andrew Hughes – one of the four to remain in the team – named captain for the first time. Jayson Molumby was also handed a start after completing his loan move from Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in the week.

The home side came out of the blocks quickly and took the lead after less than three minutes, new loan signing Admiral Muskwe getting away on the right touchline, putting a deep cross up for Onyedinma to head across goal into the bottom right-hand corner.

And on nine minutes, they had a chance to double that lead as Josh Earl was adjudged to have brought down Uche Ikpeazu on the right edge of the penalty area; Jacobson stepping up and firing the penalty right down the middle with power to make it 2-0.

In the 12th minute, North End went close to pulling one back as Ryan Ledson delivered a free kick from the left corner of the penalty area and Ryan Allsop palmed it out, but only as far as Hughes, the skipper’s header going towards the top left corner, until the Chairboys’ No.1 intervened and made a fingertip save to push the ball away.

But the home side made it three on 25 minutes, when a free kick from 40 yards by Jacobson was played into the box, finding Jason McCarthy, who pulled the ball back to the penalty spot, where Knight swept the ball into the goal.

An excellent stop from Ripley from a Jacobson corner on the half hour mark, prevented a fourth. The home side claimed it had gone straight in, but the goal-line technology proved it was a very good punch away by the PNE No.25.

On 42 minutes, North End had a chance to pull one back as Brad Potts sent Riis through down the right, Allsop coming out and bringing down the Dane and getting booked. Riis stepped up himself and sent the keeper the wrong way, firing into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 3-1.

The manager made a double change at the break, Alan Browne and Paul Huntington on for Josh Earl and Tom Bayliss, with Browne also taking the armband.

Ten minutes into the second period and Allsop made a good save to keep out a deflected effort off his own man, Jacobson, after Browne’s cross from the left side of the box was chested down by Riis, deflecting off the left back towards the bottom left-hand corner.

Two good stops from Ripley kept out Ikpeazu and Onyedinma with just less than 20 minutes left as the freezing fog descended on Adams Park, with the game very open as North End fought to get back within one of Gareth Ainsworth’s side.

Darnell Fisher and Sean Maguire were added for the last 15 minutes in the thickening fog, Joe Rafferty and Molumby giving way, but it was Samuel on for Wycombe who had the next chance, sent through by fellow change Adebayo Akinfenwa, only for Ripley to make a fine one-on-one stop.

As the game entered the last ten minutes, a great move down the left saw Hughes exchange a one-two with Potts, before crossing for Stockley to head on target, but straight into the arms of Allsop.

But on the counter from that chance, the home side completed the win with eight minutes left. Former PNE winger Daryl Horgan put the ball in for Samuel to again go through and this time complete the finish into the bottom right-hand corner.

PNE kept chasing and Browne saw a free kick blocked, before Potts’ follow-up volley was deflected behind for a corner that Jordan Storey headed wide of the left-hand post from ten yards out.

Horgan, who had scored in a 5-1 win for PNE at the same ground in 2018, almost made it that score with three minutes left, his left foot curler from outside the penalty area coming back off the left-hand post, Onyedinma firing the rebound over the bar.

Chances kept coming as Potts headed over the bar from around the penalty spot, after a ball in from the right corner of the box by Fisher in the final minute of normal time.

And then in injury time, Horgan put the ball behind to prevent Browne adding a PNE second from Fisher’s pull back, before Ledson then fired over from the second of two resulting corners, but it remained 4-1.

Wycombe Wanderers line-up: Allsop, Jacobson, Tafazolli, Wheeler, Ikpeazu (Akinfenwa, 76), Bloomfield (c) (Horgan, 57), Knight, Muskwe (Samuel, 75), Onyedinma, Adeniran (Gape, 66), McCarthy. Subs not used: Stockdale, Grimmer, Kashket, Charles, Mehmeti.

PNE line-up: Ripley, Rafferty (Fisher, 74), Earl (Huntington, 46), Ledson, Storey, Hughes (c), Bayliss (Browne, 46), Molumby (Maguire, 75), Riis, Stockley, Potts. Subs not used: Hudson, Holland-Wilkinson, O’Reilly, Walker.

Referee: Mr S Martin

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