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Match preview: Wycombe v York City - Wanderers can home in on club record
WYCOMBE Wanderers will move to within one more victory of a club record if they can defeat York City at Adams Park tomorrow.
The fifth-placed Chairboys have won their last four matches with the Buckinghamshire club’s best tally for successive triumphs since becoming a Football League outfit in 1993 standing at six.
That run was achieved back in 2006 during the early days of current Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert’s Wanderers’ reign in a season that climaxed with a Carling Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.
Following victories over Southend (2-1), Exeter (2-0), Hartlepool (2-1) and Plymouth (3-0) – the latter three all in away matches – Wycombe are already enjoying their best winning streak since January 2011.
The Wanderers’ recent success has been underpinned by a strong defensive base with only table-topping Chesterfield (three) and Rochdale (five) having conceded fewer goals in League Two this term than the six shipped by Gareth Ainsworth’s men.
At the other end of the pitch, former Luton and Chesterfield striker Dean Morgan is the biggest threat so far in 2013/14 with four goals – all scored during his last three outings.
That tally means 29-year-old Morgan, who is one booking away from a one-match suspension, is currently the division’s joint-top marksman along with the Minstermen’s Ryan Jarvis, David Connolly (Portsmouth), Freddie Eastwood (Southend), Gary Roberts (Chesterfield), Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) and Chris Zebroski (Newport).
Wycombe have, however, managed just three goals in their three opening League fixtures at Adams Park and only their opponents tomorrow, Plymouth, Torquay and Accrington have scored fewer times on their own soil in the division.
Winger Paris Cowan-Hall will not play any part in tomorrow’s match due to strained knee ligaments but striker Jon-Paul Pittman is fit again following a back problem.
Midfielder Josh Scowen could also be back in contention after an ankle injury and Ainsworth. who has not shirked from changing a winning team during the current run, might consider a recall for Northern Ireland under-21 international Matt McClure in attack.
McClure is challenging for a start after helping set up two goals following his introduction from the bench at Plymouth. He could now be preferred to 32-year-old Scotsman Steven Craig, who has netted just once in seven outings since a summer switch from Partick Thistle.
Wycombe (probable): Ingram, McCoy, Doherty, Johnson, Hause, Kretzschmar, Lewis, Knott, Wood, Morgan, McClure.
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