WYCOMBE manager Gary Waddock expects Town to be challenging right at the top of League I this season.
Waddock took heart from his own teams’s performance despite Saturday’s 3-0 defeat and expects Town to push on this term.
“Huddersfield are a good side and took their chances when they came,” said Waddock.
“They are going to be up there for promotion and rightly so with the manager and the players they have at the club.
“We have had some hard games but this was the hardest.
“The performance was encouraging for us even if the result was very disappointing.
“There are signs that if we can play like that we will pick up points.”
Waddock set up with a 4-5-1 formation and at times had everyone behind the ball as they surrendered two thirds of ball possession during the game to a Town side who had to be very patient..
“Our gameplan worked – for an hour,” mused Waddock.
The Chairboys, thrashed 6-0 on their last visit to the stadium in November 2009, were taking no chances this time around.
Waddock, who had only just taken over the Adams Park hotseat when his side were humbled in front of a live TV audience, came to stifle Town and hope for a breakaway chance.
The plan worked for the best part of an hour until Town boss Lee Clark unleashed Alan Lee and Gary Roberts from the bench.
Waddock said: “We had a gameplan and in the first half it was working and we were frustrating them.
“But you have to see your gameplan through.
“We came close to keeping them at bay and yet we’ve come away on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline with no reward for our endeavour.
“There have been four crosses into the box and three attempts on goal and all three went in.
“From our side we could have done better on the first goal and on the second there could have been a free-kick in our half.
“But at least it’s a lot different to the last time we came here.”
The double substitution of Lee and Roberts turned the game Town’s way and Waddock said: “When subs are introduced they can sometimes have an immediate impact – and they did!”