Scott: I'd be devastated if Blues went down

It's been a glum season for Wycombe Wanderers this year

It's been a glum season for Wycombe Wanderers this year

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WANDERERS legend Keith Scott said the ramifications of his former side being relegated don't bear thinking about.

The striker's goals were instrumental in Blues achieving Football League status 21 years ago, but the club now face the prospect of dropping back into non-league football after falling to third from bottom of League Two.

Scott said more of the pressure going into Good Friday's showdown with Northampton Town was on the Cobblers - but an away win would have serious consequences for the team he used to play for.

He said the fact Luton Town had taken so long to re-emerge from the Skrill Premier despite their huge financial advantage serves as a warning to Blues' possible future.

The 46-year-old said: "As an ex player and one of those players who were part of that squad that got them in the Football League, myself and everyone connected with the squad will be absolutely devastated if they got relegated. You don't want your club to be in that position.

"The ramifications would be a player exodus. Matt Ingram has had a fantastic season, Josh Scowen has played really well for two seasons, Anthony Stewart has great potential and Max Kretzschmar is regularly putting himself in the starting line-up. These are players who would be comfortable in any League Two side.

"The ramifications of players leaving would be greater than sitting back and thinking, 'Wycombe have got relegated'. To replace those players would be very, very difficult. They've performed exceptionally well for the club.

"I've seen 15 or 16 teams in the Skrill Premier and it's a tough league. Luton have been in that league for five years - it's not an easy league to get out of.

"I'm hoping Wycombe get the result they need to stay in the Football League. If they got relegated, I'm sure I wouldn't be alone in being absolutely gutted."

He added: "With the potential ramifications of the result, I think it's one of the biggest games that the club have had for a long, long time, based on what's at stake.

"Hopefully they won't, but if Wycombe were to lose the game that puts Northampton in the driving seat, with their destiny in their own hands."

But Scott said there was cause for optimism going into the home straight, as Wanderers play the other three sides in the bottom four before the end of the season and face promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday.

He said: "I was at the home game against Fleetwood and thought Wycombe played exceptionally well, and perhaps should have won the game. Over the course of the season they have done well against the top seven sides."

Scott added: "There's more pressure on Northampton than Wycombe. They have to win the game. It's a bigger game for Northampton - if Wycombe win, it gives them what's effectively a four point cushion because of the goal difference.

"It's not the end of the world if they come away with a draw. That's a good result. If they lose the game, destiny's in Northampton's hands."

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