Why come to Wycombe on Saturday?

After knocking Stevenage off their perch on Saturday past, the Addicks are back in the home nest this weekend against Wycombe's Wanderers.

In this super-tight League One season, Wycombe Wanderers sit nine places above us - almost the same number of points that separate us from new leaders Portsmouth. For all their sexy 7-0 hammerings on opening day, the so-called divisional big guns like Barnsley are well within shooting range despite our own inconsistent start.

This is probably the weakest League One that there's been for a few years, not least because relegated Reading and Wigan Athletic have both been hampered with points deductions. In protest at that James McClean went to Wrexham and it was absolutely nothing to do with money (obviously), but back to north-ish Wales later on.

First we take a look at our Buckinghamshire visitors and reasons why we need as packed a house on Saturday as possible. Once upon a time Wycombe might not have been the most fashionable of fixtures. Even in Paul Breen's Charlton Men, one of the central characters gave football a miss on the weekend Wycombe came to town. But that was 2012 and this is now.

And now we are in the midst of a situation where we don't just need to start winning; we have to start winning. This is shaping up to be one of the most open divisions in a long time. The top of the table is like playing musical chairs with Japanese tourists:-everybody's too polite to take their seat. One week it's Cambridge, then Stevenage and next Exeter. And on Tuesday night Portsmouth took over the hot seat thanks to a blistering start in their 3-2 away win at Barnsley.

It's like an Andy Warhol fifteen minutes of fame up there at the minute. But ... they're all keeping the seat warm for somebody because it doesn't take an Einstein to work out that in football's law of relativity; somebody rises to the top eventually.

A week ago if we'd suggested this was us, we'd have maybe been laughed off the park. There is still a touch of the eternal optimist in this idea, but we showed enough flashes of promise in the second half against Stevenage to set hopes racing. For starters we could have had at least two penalties before the referee pointed to the spot for the softest one.

Seemingly, Chuks Aneke packs an alarm clock in his shorts because when he came onto the pitch we really woke up. CBT, who'd been sleepwalking in and out of the game until that point, had the greatest awakening since Lazarus in the Bible. The change was such that it even threw the opposition into complete delirium. At one point the Stevenage defence switched sports and rugby tackled CBT and still the referee didn't give a penalty, leading to songs in the away end that weren't quite “swinging low” with refrains about a sweet chariot. But the change from one half to the other was absolute. Almost as if the lads were on commission for a textbook lesson in proving that it's a game of two halves.

Then again in the times we're living through, nothing would surprise us in the corporate world of modern football. However on a serious note, in that second half at Stevenage, we found the key to many of our struggles. Just keep the ball in the other half of the field and then our defence won't squirm like jellyfish any time it comes within half a pitch of Harry Isted's nets.

Mind you, if Louie Watson shores up our midfield in every game as well as he did on Saturday, we can really see this being the start of a beautiful friendship. Especially with George Dobson, freed up more to go on the attack, rather than taking sole responsibility for shepherding a defence about to fall to pieces at any moment.

If you could take 45 minutes and make it a whole season, we'd be in a good place come May. But it's a long way from here to there and this is a pivotal stage of the season. It's like that bit of the London Marathon where they're all bunched together and then some fellow goes on a mad dash to the front and sets the pace. That's the point of the season we're getting to now and we've got to try and be that front runner; we've got to start the charge or get stuck in the also rans.

And that's why we need as full a house on Saturday as possible to give our newbies a taste of what they can expect if they're part of a side that makes a decent push for promotion in the most evenly contested League One in a long time. Because actually it might not be just this season that's riding on our coming performances.

Going back in the direction of North Wales, this season's League Two promotion candidates - including Wrexham, Notts County and Gillingham - are a lot better off financially than many in the recent past. Next year's bunch of relegated sides from the Championship might not be starting off on the back foot either, so we have to make the most of what we've got.

So come along and see what we have got on Saturday. Wycombe won't be an easy opponent but they're a good measure of where we're at because they're one of those teams like us that hope to still be near the top at the business end of the season.