McCracken eyes top three
David McCracken insists Wycombe can still go up automatically despite a loss to Exeter.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 14/04/09 4:08pm
Wycombe Wanderers skipper David McCracken insists his side can still go up automatically despite a 1-0 loss to fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter on Monday.
The result leaves the Chairboys in third position, level on points with Bury who sit behind them in fourth having played a game more.
More worryingly for Wycombe fans has been the side's recent form, with just two wins to celebrate in their last nine games.
The downturn in results at one stage threatened to derail their promotion hopes altogether.
But with a play-off place now all but secured, the centre-half believes that Wycombe are playing well enough to nail down a top-three finish.
"We let it slip a little bit and we knew it was going to come some time during the season because you can't go a whole season without having a dip in form," he told skysports.com.
"But I feel that it has passed over now and the two games previous to the Exeter game have shown that we are back to the kind of form we showed earlier in the season.
"We were working hard and there is a never-say-die attitude again among the players, which showed in the Darlington game with the late goal.
"We just need to continue that and I felt we were unlucky not to come away with something from the game yesterday.
"Fair play to Exeter though as they got the goal and put us under a bit of pressure in the second-half, but we just need to kick on from that and look to pick up the points from the next game."
Peter Taylor's men have the chance to cement their place in the top three with their next two games coming against opponents who have seemingly nothing to play for.
Wycombe face Aldershot, whose play-off hopes have now been extinguished, and Luton, who were relegated on Monday, in the coming weeks but their captain highlights that playing sides with little to play for can still make for dangerous affairs.
"They are still going to be really tough games for us and sometimes it can work against you as when you come up against sides with little to play for because it can take the pressure off them," he added.
"They can relax a little bit more and then can play better, plus the sides like Luton will want to use the remaining games to give their fans a boost ahead of next season.
"So it still will be a difficult game for us, as will the Aldershot clash."