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View from the Terrace: Opening day thrills and spills

TODAY we begin a new feature with Blues season-ticket holder Tim Green giving his take on the latest goings on at Adams Park throughout the 2011/12 season.

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TODAY we begin a new feature with Blues season-ticket holder Tim Green giving his take on the latest goings on at Adams Park throughout the 2011/12 season.

The Greene-King Terrace regular will pen regular insights into match action, player performance and the ongoing battle in League One.

THE last time Wycombe were in League One was a difficult season for all involved.

The team managed to win less than a quarter of their matches and frustration became a familiar feeling at Adams Park. Two years down the line, is it going to be any different this time?
Nobody is under any illusions that we are in for an easy ride but during an intriguing game against a relegated Championship side, I saw plenty of positives.

Nikki Bull tweeted that Wycombe may be outclassed at times this season but will never be outbattled - how right he was. I am pleased to say that our fighting spirit was very much in evidence.
No-one expected an easy game against the Iron who set out their stall early and had two good chances.

There is a clear difference in quality between League Two and League One but Gary Waddock has made some shrewd acquisitions in the transfer market to build on some solid foundations.

It will take time for those players who were here last season to adapt and they will need to do it quickly and I think this is something that the Wadfather has tried to drum into his squad during the close season.

There are stronger, better teams than Wycombe in the division but if they play without fear and believe they can compete, because they can, half the battle is already won.

Nikki Bull should be playing at a higher level than League One and would arguably walk into a lot of Championship sides. He showed his quality throughout the game and, as per usual, made several key saves.

But, although we will rely on individuals, team spirit will surely mean so much throughout this season. When Scunthorpe equalised just before half time, you might have expected the visitors to come out determined to build on their momentum.

But it was Wycombe who flew out of the blocks after the break. It was inevitable that Scunthorpe would try and ramp up the pressure but Wycombe were never overawed and fought hard for each other till the end of the game.

To say the next nine months are going to be a rollercoaster ride is an understatement. Wycombe wouldn't be Wycombe without the usual defensive wobbles, some of which were in evidence on Saturday and the shredded fingernails - its what makes me go whenever I can and what will make keep going.
Wycombe were woefully underprepared two years ago but in 2011 something seems to be different.

Quality additions like John Halls, James Tunnicliffe, Scott Donnelly and Joel Grant mixed in with players who understand what the club is about means there must be a fighting chance we can finally establish ourselves in the higher echelons of the game and shed our reputation as a yo yo club.

And don't forget we still have players like Kevin Betsy, Elliot Benyon and Stuart Lewis to come back. We won't have an indication of how our season is going to take shape for at least a couple of months but I really think there is every reason to be positive so far. I'm quietly confident so far.

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