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Fan Focus: Wycombe director Pete Couhig predicts a 1-0 injury-time away win!

After a season in the Championship, Wycombe are back in League One. They’re always a tough opponent, and we caught up with Wycombe director Pete Couhig to get the lowdown on the season so far.

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Roker Report: Wycombe were relegated back to League One by just one point last season. Were you proud of the excellent effort your team made against all of the odds to come so close to survival?

PC: Very, very proud of the effort but disappointed we fell short. It was a difficult beginning to the season with the quick turnaround after the playoff final and quite a few injuries early on … but once we got fully healthy during the second half of the year I think we showed we absolutely belonged in the Championship.

RR: Your team have started this season brilliantly, picking 10 points out of 12, are the fans expecting to see the team seriously compete for promotion?

PC: Yes, everyone involved with this club believes that we should be fighting for promotion this year, and I think most of our supporters do, too.

RR: Gareth Ainsworth nearly became Sunderland manager back in 2019. Do you think he is one of the most underrated managers in the EFL given his achievements at Wycombe?

PC: I personally think Gareth is one of the most underrated managers in the game of football, not just the EFL.

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Gareth Ainsworth has been manager of Wycombe since 2012.
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RR: Ex-Wycombe midfielder Luke O’Nien signed a new contract with Sunderland ahead of this season. Were you surprised to see him stay in League One?

PC: I think Luke O’Nien is a very loyal person as well as a great footballer, so it doesn’t surprise me at all.

RR: Josh Scowen returned to Wycombe after he was released by Sunderland. Were you pleased to see him return to the club and how has he performed so far?

PC: Yes, incredibly excited to be able to bring Josh back to Wycombe. He has easily been one of our best players this year.

RR: The signing of ex-Burnley forward Sam Vokes was seen as highly impressive by many EFL pundits. Do you think he is someone who can fire in 20 goals this season?

PC: As hard and as rare as it is for a team to sign a 20-goal-a-year striker, I don’t think anyone will be surprised if Sam Vokes scores that many for Wycombe this year.

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Sam Vokes joined Wycombe from Stoke.
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RR: Aside from the above-mentioned players, which of your summer signings have impressed you the most and why?

PC: The increased quality of our development squad has been the most impressive. Sam Grace heads that up for us and has done an incredible job. We’ve had five or six new players get on the pitch already this year including Sullay Kaikai, Oliver Pendlebury, Tjay De Barr and they have all done very well.

RR: Who do you think will be in the starting line up for Wycombe, and can Lee Johnson’s side expect to face your usual, no-nonsense approach?

PC: I’m sitting next to Gareth on the coach riding up to Sunderland right now and have a pretty good idea of who’s starting! As for the second part of your question, I don’t know what you’re talking about...

RR: Sunderland beat Wycombe 4-0 during your last visit to the Stadium of Light, what is your honest prediction of the final score?

PC: 1-0 Wycombe with a late second-half goal in stoppage time!


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