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The manager writes

6 April 2013

Chris Wilder's notes in the Wycombe programme

When I last wrote some programme notes we were coming into the Easter weekend and looking for two wins to push us in to the play-off places. As you know, the last two games have seen us pick up just one point, which has left everybody immensely frustrated.

In the first of the two games we should have been comfortable winners and had the game done and dusted by half-time against Morecambe. I mean no disrespect to our visitors that day but the game was ours for the taking. Sometimes you have to see things through and kill a game off. The most disappointing thing was that against Port Vale just a few games earlier our game-management was excellent and we never looked in any danger against one of the best sides in the division.

On Good Friday we made little mistakes at a key stage in the game and that allowed Morecambe to take a point away with them thanks to a last-minute header from a corner.  You cannot point the finger at one player because you defend and attack as a team and on that occasion a succession of errors meant we failed to win a game that we should have had wrapped up long before that stage.

On Easter Monday we travelled down to Aldershot knowing we needed a win. We shook things up a little bit in terms of the team we put out and having come back from 2-0 down should have held on for at least a draw. It was not the best of games and ultimately we were not good enough that day.

People talk about pressure, but the real pressure is on clubs and teams like Aldershot at this stage of the season. They got the result when they needed it, while we have left ourselves an absolute mountain to climb if we are to reach the play-offs.

That may be a distant goal but we will not stop striving and not stop trying to win every single game we play.  Win the next game has been the message for the last four-and-a-half years and it doesn't stop now.

I am not going to pretend that everything has gone great. I am more than aware of the frustration and the murmuring in the crowd. It hurts us all to be just off the pace right now and I do understand the fans' expectations here.  We have made huge strides since my first game here, away at Salisbury, and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep the team moving forward. 

I believe we are still making progress on and off the pitch. Season tickets for next season go on sale on Monday and the club is in a more than healthy position to build from. The first task is to win as many of the next four games as possible. Who knows where that will leave us in the table, but today is a local derby and a great game for the players to play with the passion, freedom and pride in the shirt that we expect every  time.

Finally, as ever, thank you for your backing and support over the last few weeks. Get behind the team this afternoon, encourage them and give them a positive environment to play in, and let's get back to winning ways as we look to end the season on a high.

Chris

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