Defensive errors are costing Wycombe dearly and it is a problem Matt Bloomfield needs to sort out before their final game of a testing week when they take on free-scoring Oxford United on Saturday, October 28.

The Chairboys have conceded six goals in their last two games against Peterborough United and Bolton Wanderers and picked up just one out of a possible six points.

Now they face an Oxford team who are the second highest scorers in League One and who, despite a midweek defeat at Wigan Athletic, have been in great form under new manager Liam Manning.

Oxford have won six of their last eight league games and suffered just three defeats in 13 matches.

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Manning, who gained coaching experience with West Ham at under 23 level, was highly thought of at Manchester City, where he took charge of two of the club’s overseas franchises in New York and then Belgium.

His first senior post in England was at MK Dons where, in his first season as manager, he guided them to the play-off semi-finals only to lose to Wycombe.

Oxford have talented players like Cameron Branagan and Billy Bodin who will be familiar to Wanderers fans, but their leading scorer is newcomer Greg Leigh.

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The Jamaica international has netted five times in nine appearances despite playing at left back in Oxford’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

They have plenty of goal threats in other positions and Barnsley are the only club in the division with a better scoring record.

Wycombe beat their near neighbours home and away last season with Chris Forino scoring the only goal at the Kassam Stadium, and Sam Vokes and Anis Mehmeti on target in a 2-0 win at Adams Park.

The Chairboys are unbeaten in the last five M40 derbies, winning four of them including the memorable triumph at Wembley in the 2019/20 play-off final to gain promotion to the Championship.

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Bloomfield’s men have proved they can score goals at this level against the top teams but defensive frailties have come back to haunt them and a clean sheet at Oxford would be a step in the right direction.