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Wycombe Wanderers 2 Aston Villa 2
Saturday 20th July 2013
Wanderers held Premiership Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining pre-season friendly at Adams Park. Marvin McCoy and Leon Johnson gave Wanderers the lead on two occasions but Villa, managed by former Wycombe boss Paul Lambert, ground out an equalisers through Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood.
Team news saw Wycombe start with what many would consider Wycombe's strongest fit XI - Gary Doherty, Josh Scowen, Matt McClure and Matt Bloomfield all still missing through injury. Jon-Paul Pittman and Paris Cowan-Hall were the only two new signings in the Wycombe starting XI. Meanwhile, Villa fielded a mixed strength side wkith injuries hitting them too and with Wycombe took the lead in the 11th minute with a freakish goal from McCoy. The right back sprinted down the wing before whipping over a dipping cross that took a slight deflection and caught out Villa 'keeper Brad Guzan who saw the ball sail over his head and into the far corner of the net.
Villa levelled on 24 minutes when the Wanderers defence were left ball watching as a cross from the left was nodded back past Matt Ingram by Lowton and into the back on the Valley End net.
Wycombe regained their lead on 32 minutes when a corner from the left was flicked on for Leon Johnson to rise the highest at the far post to head home.
Villa finally equalised on 52 minutes when Westwood's curling free-kick from just outside the right corner of the penalty area beat Ingram.
A mass of substitutions from both sides at just around the hour mark unsettled the flow of the game but there was still time for former Youth Teamer Max Kretzschmar to show his potential with an energic performance that saw him almost rewared with a goal from Jo Kuffour's lay off with just a few minutes left on the clock.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Aston Villa 2
Post match reaction:
Speaking after the game, Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth commented, "Iím really proud. Iím pleased and very positive as it was a strong outfit that came here and a lot of those boys will be playing Premier League football next season. Weíre not going to get carried away but we still believe we can beat anyone in League Two on our day, and hopefully we can keep having our day. Itís always high pressure, and weíre up for it. The desire and the passion will never wain while Iím in charge and thatís just a gimme now, I donít have to keep going on about it. Now we can channel that desire and that passion in certain ways and with certain tactics and hopefully get results from that.Ē The Wycombe boss also sung the praises of the youngsters in the Wycombe line-up, adding, "Itís going to be up and atíem with fast, flowing attacking football this season. If we finish anywhere near where I feel we can finish then you donít want to miss this, hopefully itíll be a good season. Itís the first full season with the fans in charge of the club and itíd be great if we can put in strong performances week in week out and I believe thatís something we can do. People who watched us last year know that youth gets a chance here, thatís what we are about here. Theyíve come in, theyíre enthusiastic, they want to learn and do it my way and if I can get them all doing it that way I think weíll be ok. Itís great for the future of Wycombe, but for the current times weíve got some great names in there carrying on from where they left off last year."
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