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City on a wrecking spree
Stuart McCall today challenged City to continue their merry travels by destroying the last unbeaten league record in England and Scotland.
Second-placed Wycombe have not lost a League Two game since April.
They began their run with a 2-1 victory over City at Adams Park on the final day of last season and McCall is now throwing down the gauntlet for his troops to end it tomorrow.
The Bantams are cock-a-hoop after shocking MK Dons in the FA Cup and travel south confident of chalking up a fourth away win in five.
McCall said: “Wycombe have had a fantastic start to still be unbeaten and to only concede six goals in 14 games is phenomenal. It might be a tense affair and I know we’ll have to be at our best to bring back three points but we’re relishing it on the back of a terrific win and performance last week.
“The lads have trained really well and we will come down with a positive attitude to make it just as tough a game for them.”
Wycombe have had a fantastic start to still be unbeaten and to only concede six goals in 14 games is phenomenalStuart McCall
City withstood strong pressure in the air from MK Dons and can expect a similar test at Adams Park against another physical side, who have shown no hangover from last season’s play-off exit to eventual winners Stockport.
McCall said: “Wycombe have got good experience, they are a solid side and are very difficult to break down.
“Peter Taylor inherited a lot of good players when he took over from Paul Lambert and he’s also added to that with quality out of the non-league after his stint at Stevenage.
“They are a big team aerially and he is well renowned for conjuring up different set-pieces, which we will have to guard against. But defending free-kicks and corners is something we’ve been decent at.”
Top scorer Peter Thorne is expected to come straight back after his breather. Tom Clarke is also available again and pushing for a recall.
If McCall decides not to stick with youngster Leon Osborne, the on-loan Huddersfield defender could get a central midfield holding role with Nicky Law going wide.
McCall added: “It was a terrific performance last week but there are two lads we can add now so it’s a good problem to have.
“In the main, I like to tell players you’ve got the shirt and keep it until you’ve done something wrong. But if someone misses just one game, it might be a bit harsh to leave them out again.
“It’s something we’ve talked about within the coaching team and something we’re still talking about. We have still got a few bodies missing but there are other options this week.”
Unlucky Mark Bower, who returned to the bench for the cup, has suffered another setback. He gashed his knee on a stone during a reserve friendly at Hull on Tuesday. Kyle Nix returned to training yesterday after ten days out to let his ankle settle down but will not be considered.
Wycombe have only lost one of their last 25 league games stretching back to March. Their 14-match unbeaten league start is seven off the club record set in 2005 when they went without a loss until December 17.
Boss Taylor said: “It’s a fantastic achievement but it is still early in the season. I am not looking at records.”
Taylor may decide to keep faith with the side that beat AFC Wimbledon 4-1 on Monday, although Wales under-21 striker Simon Church is available after being stopped from playing in the FA Cup by parent club Reading.
Midfielder Tommy Doherty is still struggling with a thigh strain.
Wycombe’s only defeats this season have come in the cups against Birmingham and Shrewsbury. Ironically, tomorrow’s referee Andy D’Urso was the man in the middle for the 4-0 home thumping by Brum in the Carling Cup.