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Post Wycombe | Chey Dunkley

13 April 2024


Post Wycombe | Chey Dunkley

13 April 2024

Skipper Chey Dunkley met with the press following today's game with Wycombe.

In a game with very little goal-mouth action, the two teams cancelled each other out for the best part of 70 minutes.

But after Tom Flanagan received a straight red card, the visitors went on to win thanks to late goals from Luke Leahy and Richard Kone.

Speaking to the assembled media, Chey said the team needs to pick themselves up and ensure they give a good account of themselves when we head to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

On the game:

“It's disappointing because it’s another opportunity missed to capitalise, to get three points.

“Wycombe have come here and it may be the end of the season for them, and we didn’t have that enthusiasm to put pressure on them, to pressure their goals – we didn’t do that enough in this game.

“It’s very very disappointing from a personal point of view and for the team.”

On the red card:

“To be fair, I don’t know whether he’s caught him or not.

"Obviously as a player you’re going to make a meal of it anyway, but we’ve obviously given the referee a decision to make.

“So he’s ended up sending off one of our players and at that point, it’s reacting to disappointment, and if we’re not going to win the game then we don’t lose it.

“At that point, it’s just about being compact – they didn’t look like a team who were going to thread it through us but again they always are a threat from set pieces.

“We have a warning shot, it got played quickly, I don’t know why the referee pulled it back, but we blocked it and he allowed them to have a second chance.

"But at that time, we’re not switched on thinking they’re going to do it again.

“It was a disappointing one to concede and from that point of view when you go 1-0 down, it then becomes hard because then you’re against 11 and you're one-nil down so you have to come out – so it’s disappointing on our part.”


“I just don’t think there was any quality on either side.

“It felt a bit like Bristol Rovers, a bit of a stalemate and that isn't good enough for us really when we’re desperate for points and it didn’t feel like that, it didn’t look like that.

“And that’s the disappointing part, we’ve got to find a way to galvanise ourselves to start the game well and put pressure on the opponent and I don’t think we did that in the first five or fifteen minutes.

“They’ve come here and their season has probably ended, there’s no pressure for them but you would’ve thought from our side that we would’ve pushed on and tried to take the game to them and it didn’t feel like that.

“Obviously I’m part of that as well but it’s very disappointing. It’s a home game and if we start the game well, if we put a bit of pressure on, show a bit of enthusiasm, we might’ve got a goal and the game might’ve looked different then.”


"That's the first time I've heard that to be honest.

"We've got to look at the next three games and it doesn't get any easier against Bolton on Tuesday.

"We have to fight for our League One status and that comes on Tuesday.

"Again, it's still in our hands but how many times are we going to say that?

"We've got to take responsibility and accountability - that's what we need to do.

"We need to find something. Gaffer will have us in, he and Doigy aren't going to give up, they're going to keep doing the right things for us but we've got to step up now.

"We've got to take on the information and we need to apply it and perform."


"Obviously they're a good side, that's why they're up there.

"We've just got to make sure we're not playing the name. It's 11v11 and we've got to go up there and try and win a game of football. It's as simple as that.

"It's not going to be easy, they're a good footballing side, they've got a good gaffer.

"They'll be well set up but hopefully that little bit of pressure with them trying to go for automatics will affect them.

"For us, we've got to go and impose ourselves on the game. Can we do that in the first five to 10 minutes? That's the aim.

"Obviously we're down at the moment and rightfully so. All the lads are down and we've got to pick ourselves up.

"It's good that it's Tuesday and we don't have to wait a full week to go again."

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