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Blues boss believing ahead of Southend clash

GARY Waddock has told his Wycombe Wanderers side to keep believing they can get out of relegation trouble this season as they prepare for a crunch trip to Southend.

Gary Waddock
Gary Waddock

GARY Waddock has told his Wycombe Wanderers side to keep believing they can get out of relegation trouble this season as they prepare for a crunch trip to Southend.

Blues head to Roots Hall in 23 rd position in League One and seven points from safety after Tranmere and Oldham played out a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night (20/1).

They have won just once on the road all season – 2-0 at Millwall – and are without a league win in eight games.

But performances have improved in the last three games against big-boys Norwich, Leeds and Charlton which have given Waddock hope they can pull off a Great Escape.

He said: “If we continue in the same way as we have done in recent weeks then I would like to feel that results will come.

“We have to make sure we maintain our focus and continue with what we have been doing and keep believing in ourselves.

“There are enough points up for grabs and we will continue to fight up until the last minute of the season starting with Saturday.”

Southend have been the definition of inconsistency which sees them comfortable in 12 th place in the table – neither challenging for a play-off spot or in any real relegation danger.

They have not won two games on the spin in the league since the end of August and tend to win a game and then lose the next.

Ominously for Wanderers, they lost their last game 2-1 at Huddersfield Town and rumours that 15-goal leading scorer Lee Barnard had signed for Leeds this week were denied by the Shrimpers.

A win for Blues would pull them a lot closer to the teams above them but Waddock knows his side face a tough task against a side who know how to grind out results at this level.

He said: “It will be a difficult game. I am sure their manager (Steve Tilson) would like them to be more consistent but they are a very good side on their day.

“We are going to have to keep a close eye on Barnard and try to keep him quiet. But the danger is that we have lose focus on the other players in their team who can be a threat.

“They have got some good players so it is case of all of us being on our toes throughout.”

Wanderers have no fresh injury doubts for the game with Leon Johnson (hip) and Lewis Montrose (knee) still out.

 

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