Wycombe make the short trip to Luton tomorrow hoping to get off the mark as a Championship club following three successive defeats in which they have failed to score a goal.

The opening month of the new season was always going to be a tough baptism for Wanderers, and although results have been disappointing, they hardly warrant the pessimistic comments made by some supporters on social media this week.

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The majority of Wanderers fans have realistic expectations about the tough season ahead, but there were others who took to their keyboards to criticise individual players, the manager’s team selection and even to predict that the team would be relegated despite there being 43 games left to play.

The critics have failed to consider how long it takes for clubs of Wycombe’s size to adapt to the higher standard of football in the second tier, as a quick search through the record books shows.

Wycombe’s old foes Colchester United were promoted to Championship level – like Wycombe for the first time in their history - at the end of season 2005-06.

They lost their first four games but went on to finish 10th, higher in the table than three clubs who are now members of the Premier League, Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Leicester City.

Burton Albion are another example of a smaller club who needed time to adapt to life at a higher level.

Championship newcomers in season 2016-17, they managed just two wins from their opening ten games, but avoided relegation by finishing 20th, above Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, among others.

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If Wycombe fans need another instance of survival against the odds, they need look no further than tomorrow’s opponents Luton.

Only last season, the Hatters picked up just one out of a possible 12 points in their first campaign back in the Championship. They were in the bottom four for most of the season, but despite heavy defeats against Brentford (7-0) and Reading (5-0), they avoided the drop.

In fact, Wycombe themselves have proved in the past that a slow start is not necessarily a harbinger of doom. Wanderers lost their first four games in Division Two in 1998-99 and it took them a further nine games to record their first win. If Wycombe finish 19th or even 21st, it will go down as the greatest achievement in the club’s history.