Wycombe 1, Leicester 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

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Wycombe Wanderers are in the middle of their pre-season and settling a team and of course playing Leicester is a massive thrill whoever where the shirts. Even foxes in a mint strip didn’t take away the hunger to create a great win at home.

It was another of those nights just giving players a chance to shine and get minutes on the grass. To play without really bothering much about what comes next as these two teams fielded in each half never looked like anything you would be seeing in an opener of the Premier League.

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First half was pretty decent and a number of the players did very well, though chances were few, young winger Tawanda Maswanhise looked fresh and ready to go, has a lot of pace and hunger and wanted show everyone what he is good for, nice to see such courage at his age.

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Patson Daka and Jamie Vardy played up front without really showing any linking up, though both players worked hard and had glimps of what we will see next, hopefully goals will be part of the set up for the next game.

O-0 after first half and a totally new team for the second, fielding young goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk in goal, taking over from Daniel Iversen who had the gloves in the first half, also a chance to show for young 17 year old defender Ben Nelson, who had a good second half, but again difficult to judge from 45 minutes, but surely a player we will se more of in the future.

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Tanawat Suengchittawon also had a positive approach when coming on, but sadly had to leave the field before the end with an injury, hopefully he will soon recover. James Maddison played second half and was the Leicester City man of the match, with a number of great passes and close to setting up a goal and also assisting, but no goals were scored. Kelechi Iheanacho had a shot going wide and with Wycombe then scoring close to the end after a bit of “hurray” in the Leicester defence, it became a dark afternoon at Adams Park, though a few positives to take out of it.

Looking at the two first pre-season games with a result in mind, it’s been terrible, if you look at it from a different perspective, it’s given a lot of players a chance to play and get some game time, but with more players available and ready after their Euro break, we just have to wait and see what will happen further.

Hamza Choudhury and Rachie Ghezzal played 45 minutes, both players are said to be on the way out, but while they are with the club and still in match action, then nothing looks settled and to be finalized yet regarding their moves out. Ghezzal looks concrete, while Choudhury might have to wait a bit before things gets sorted out.

  • Positives
    • Another game played, a relatively steady performance
    • Great positives from youngsters such as Nelson, Maswanhise, Stolarczyk and Suengchittawon
    • Fans in the stands again giving good support and hopefully they will see a goal soon
    • Maddison making a number of great openers, nice touches and showing his best skills
  • Negatives:
    • The result, 0-1, could have avoided that one
    • Not enough chances created, lack of communication and time togetherness
    • A bit messy with different systems and a lot of players absent
  • Player Ratings: Iversen 6, Pereira 6, Fofana 6, Soyuncu 6, Thomas 5, Soumare 6, Nididi 5, Maswanhise 7, Daka 6, Vardy 6, Ghezzal 6, Subs: Stolarczyk 6, Daley-Campbell 6, Amartey 6, Benkovic 6, Nelson 6, Dewsbury-Hall 5, Sowah 5, Maddison 7, Iheanacho 6, Suengchitthawon 6, Albrighton 5, Choudhury 5
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 33 / 67
  • Corners: 7 / 3
  • Shots on target: 1 / 0
  • Fouls: – / –

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