Wycombe Wanderers 1
Accrington Stanley 1
Saturday 20th January 2007
Football League Two

Wanderers had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley at Adams Park. With most thoughts looking forward to their 2nd Leg Football League Cup Semi-Final with Chelsea the following Tuesday, Wycombe looked to have grabbed the winner on 58 minutes when Kevin Betsy headed in after Chris Palmer's initial free-kick had been saved. Betsy missed a glorious chance to double the lead two minutes later when he couldn't take advantage of a 'one on one' and that miss was made to look costly on 63 minutes when former Everton trainee Jay Harris who smashed the ball home following a low cross from the right.

Team news for Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield and centre half Will Antwi fail to make the starting line-up for the second week running. Antwi was side-lined with a groin injury and had not trained all week while Bloomfield was still nursing a bruised foot picked up in the first leg League Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea. Skipper Tommy Mooney was also missing due to a one match suspension. Their absences meant a first league start of the season for Ikechi Anya and the youngster put in an impressive performance to earned the sponsors Man of the Match award.

Wanderers had chances to take a grip of the game in the first half where Jermaine Easter, Scott Golbourne, Doherty and Palmer were all denied by Stanley 'keeper Rob Elliot. But Stanley, making their first ever visit to Adams Park, seemed intent on holding out for a 0-0 draw until Wycombe’s goal forced them out and then suddenly looked the side most likely to win.

The draw leaves Paul Lambert's side in 6th spot in League Two, with 47 points from 29 games. Leaders are Walsall with 59 points, followed by Swindon (56 points) and Franchise (55 points).

Final Score - Wycombe 1 Accrington 1
Wycombe: Batista, Martin, O’Halloran, Williamson, Palmer (sub 75 Oakes), Betsy, Grant, Doherty (sub 75 Onibuje), Golbourne, Easter, Anya (sub 65 Torres) - subs not used: Crooks, Stockley
Scorers: Betsy 58
Bookings: none
Accrington: Richardson, Williams, Welch (sub 37 McGrail), Proctor, Edwards, Boco, Todd, Harris, Mullin, Whaley – subs not used Dunbavin, Brown, Doherty, Mangan, Brown
Scorers: Harris 63
Bookings: Edwards, Welch, Harris, Whaley
Referee: Mr Elliott Attendance: 5,884 (121 away)
Speaking after the game, Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert was disappointed not to have taken the three points: "We’ve got to look upon that as two points dropped. We should have been out of sight before they scored. If Kevin Betsy had scored the second the game would have been over." Lambert was also unhappy at a 'horror tackle' by Edwards on Kevin Betsy that left the Wycombe playmaker as touch and go for the League Cup Semi-Final with Chelsea. "I’m all for going in for the ball but I don’t care who you are or what you are, you just don’t go in knee height like that." Betsy said: “I was very angry. It’s people’s careers we’re talking about. It was high, late and my knee felt really bad. I was very lucky."

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