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EFL Trophy Final: Preview

2024/04/05 13:15
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On Sunday afternoon, nearly 40,000 are expected to be in attendance at Wembley Stadium for the EFL Trophy final between Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United.

The two clubs will be heading to north London with the hope of returning home with some silverware stashed away as they both seek to finish the 2023/24 season with a flourish.

Often looked down upon since the introduction of ‘B’ teams into the tournament (albeit no ‘B’ team has ever made the final) the EFL Trophy provides clubs lower down the professional game in England with a chance to experience moments of unity and genuinely real highs; basically the opportunity to experience one of the key reasons to follow and support your club. 

So, with the countdown now on, this is a preview of the final between Posh and the Chairboys as an all-League One affair plays out at the ‘home of football’.


PETERBOROUGH UNITED

Run to the final

Group: Cambridge United (H) 2-0 W
Group: Tottenham Hotspur B (H) 3-1 W
Group: Colchester United (A) 0-1 L
R32: Arsenal B (H) 3-0 W
R16: Crawley Town (H) 2-1 W
QF: AFC Wimbledon (H) 3-1 W
SF: Blackpool (A) 3-0 W

Previous Wembley trips

1991/92 | League One play-off final | Stockport County | 2-1 W
1999/00 | League Two play-off final | Darlington | 2-1 W
2010/11 | League One play-off final | Huddersfield Town | 3-0 W
2013/14 | EFL Trophy final | Chesterfield | 3-1 W

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The state of play

With Darren Ferguson at the helm in what is his fourth spell in charge of the club, Peterborough have recovered extremely well from last season’s harrowing play-off semi-final defeat at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. Posh won that first-leg by four goals to nil before collapsing up in South Yorkshire and eventually losing on penalties.

Now, though, there have been times this season where many neutral observers would rank Peterborough as the best team in the third-tier, but they have had too many sloppy performances and results and thus currently sit fourth in the table. That said, they are still in the hunt for a top two finish, eight points behind Derby County in second place, but with two games-in-hand on the Rams.

Posh have some real standout players throughout their squad with the key men having to be Ephron Mason-Clark, who is Coventry City bound in the summer, as well as fellow attacker Kwame Poku. They also boast the likes of Ronnie Edwards, Harrison Burrows and Hector Kyprianou, though, who have all been linked with moves to a higher level. 

Posh's focus and priority will surely be on winning promotion back to the second-tier, but the standard of play and player that Peterborough have produced this season means additional silverware would - in some ways - be a fair reflection of their quality. 

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

Run to the final

Group: Crystal Palace B (H) 1-0 W
Group: Stevenage (A) 1-0 W
Group: AFC Wimbledon (H) 1-0 W
R32: Fulham B (H) 3-2 W
R16: West Ham United B (H) 2-1 W
QF: Brighton and Hove Albion B (H) 4-1 W
SF: Bradford City (A) 1-0 W

Previous Wembley trips

1956/57 | FA Amateur Cup final | Bishop Auckland | 1-3 L
1990/91 | FA Trophy final | Kidderminster Harriers | 2-1 W
1992/93 | FA Trophy final | Runcorn | 4-1 W
1993/94 | League Two playoff final | Preston North End | 4-2 W
2014/15 | League Two playoff final | Southend United | 1-1 [AET 1-1 PENS 6-7] L
2019/20 | League One playoff final | Oxford United | 2-1 W
2021/22 | League One playoff final | Sunderland | 0-2 L

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The state of play

Quite astonishingly, Wycombe Wanderers’ first three knockout matches en route to Wembley came at Adams Park against Premier League U21 opposition so they will count themselves a little fortunate for that reason, and they subsequently faced League Two side Bradford City in the semi-finals at Valley Parade.

Club legend Matt Bloomfield took charge of the Buckinghamshire-based club for the last couple of months of last season after the departure of long-term manager Gareth Ainsworth to Queens Park Rangers. Bloomfield’s stint in charge started slowly and he has actually come under major pressure for spells since his appointment. 

An 11-match winless run of form in League One during the first-half of the season saw Wycombe slip very much into the League One relegation battle, but they have eased their way into the middle-of-the-table with their focus turning towards the summer and preparations for next season.

They head to Wembley sitting 19 points adrift of Oxford United inside the top six and the play-off places in the third-tier, but 11 points above the bottom four and the relegation places, with games in hand. 

Firmly ensconced in mid-table with six games of the League One campaign to go, Wembley will undoubtedly be the highlight of the Chairboys' season...if they win! 

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2024-04-05 14h19m by jgibsonson
As a football fan, I was really looking forward to this final between Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United. It's a chance for both clubs to end their season on a high with some silverware and it's always exciting to see lower league teams compete at Wembley. Despite the criticism of the EFL Trophy, it's still a special opportunity for clubs to experience unity and true highs, which is what being a fan is all about. Can't wait for the big game!
AW
2024-04-05 14h11m by awalkerson7
As a football fan, I am so excited for this final! The EFL Trophy may not always get the respect it deserves, but for clubs like Wycombe and Peterborough, this is a chance to lift some silverware and end the season on a high. The atmosphere at Wembley will be electric and I can't wait to see who comes out on top.
JR
2024-04-05 13h35m by jreedmanbrst
As a football fan, I can't wait to see Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United battle it out for the EFL Trophy at Wembley Stadium! It's always exciting to see lower league clubs get the chance to compete for silverware and I know both teams will give it their all. Let's hope for a thrilling match and a fantastic atmosphere at the home of football!

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