Dec 1 2010 By Greg Burns
THE FA Cup fourth round may have become a realistic prospect this week but Wycombe face six 'cup-finals' in League Two before that.
Blues boss Gary Waddock was on the money when he told me this week that they have to get their league form back on track before dreaming of an FA Cup ride.
Back-to-back league defeats is far from a disaster for Wanderers by any stretch of the imagination.
They deserved something at Vale Park on put on a freak performance against Torquay.
I would put a lot of cash on not seeing another showing like that again from Wanderers this season.
But League Two is proving as stubborn and unpredictable as usual.
I also feel the last place you would want to go when you are desperate to end a losing run is Crewe.
Goals have been flowing for the Railwaymen at both ends of the pitch this season and they will fancy heaping more misery on Waddock's side.
Wycombe are now six points adrift of the automatic spots with Chesterfield, Port Vale and Bury showing no signs of slowing their relentless pace.
That is why I think the next six weeks will define Wycombe's season.
A good result at Crewe would set them up for the visit of Bury on December 11 before a trip to enigmatic Southend the week after.
Then comes a Boxing Day clash with Hereford at Adams Park which begins a gruelling Christmas schedule which sees them head to Chesterfield two days later and high-flying Cheltenham on New Year's Day.
Nothing is won in December that is for sure. But plenty can be lost.
A confident Scott Rendell could finally be ready to step up as Wanderers' main target man this season and he needs to fire during the festive programme.
Waddock's side also need to come out of this period still in touch or level with the leading pack or they could find themselves dragged into a battle for play-off spots with up to 10 other sides.
They have the ability and team-spirit to do it.
Both will need to be evident at Gresty Road on Saturday.