Wycombe Wanderers boss Matt Bloomfield insisted that his players should focus on the future rather than dwell on the past, in an interview on the club’s official website.
It would be an understatement to say that the club are in a poor spell, with not a single win to their name in their last seven league matches. Although they have progressed into the FA Cup second round as well as the knockout stage of the EFL trophy, Wycombe have plummeted down the League One table and now sit in 15th place.
Fortunately for the Chairboys, they do still have a six point buffer between themselves and the relegation places, however if results do not pick up soon then they may begin to drag themselves into the relegation battle.
The recent poor run in form can be attributed to lapses in concentration and that was exactly what caused their 1-0 defeat to Barnsley on Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Max Stryjek gifted Barnsley striker Sam Cosgrove a tap in, which would gift the home side all three points in dramatic fashion.
Bloomfield however doesn’t want to focus on the past, and wants his players to focus on the task at hand. On Saturday, they host League Two side Morecambe in the FA Cup, who themselves are also not in excellent form. A win, although not in the league, could spark something in a recent lifeless side and their league form could pick up as a result.
The game is no walkover though, and as with any FA Cup tie, an upset cannot be ruled out. Hence, in his interview, Bloomfield has called for his players to remain focused ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
“We have to move forward. We have to be focused on Saturday and take on the lessons that we’ve learned from some of the situations we’ve been in lately.
“These moments have to make you stronger. You go through testing moments in football and there’s only one way to react and that’s to fight. You take it on the chin and go again.”
“I remember when we got through to the third round on a few occasions when I was playing. You always look forward to the draw, and we want to be in the hat.
“We’ve approached the cup competitions with respect this season and done alright so far. We’ll be doing the same on Saturday and whichever team we’re able to pick, we believe we can win.”
A win on Saturday would be very important for both Wycombe and Bloomfield as the seat is currently getting hotter for the manager each game.
Wycombe have really struggled lately but haven’t had a problem in cup competitions. Regaining that winning feeling, could be pivotal for their next few league matches in what is a very busy Christmas schedule.
However a loss to Morecambe could really start to pile the pressure onto Bloomfield, who has seemed to lack a plan B in recent weeks. A home tie makes it easier for the Chairboys however it is by no means an easy game and they will have to be at their best to ensure their name is in the hat for the third round draw.