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Wycombe Wanderers 1
York City 1
Saturday 21st September 2013
Football League Two
Wanderers had to settle for a 1-1 draw with lowly York City at Adams Park after coming back from a goal down. David McGurk had given the visitors the lead in the 64th minute when he headed back across goal from an unmarked position to beat the dive of Matt Ingram. However, Wanderers responded and were level five minutes later when Matt McClure's shot from the left of the area struck the far post and Dean Morgan was on hand to tap in from close range. Wycombe then looked the more likely side to take all three points but a draw was probably fair on the overall share of the play. The result leaves Wycombe 6th in the table.
Team news for Wycombe saw Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the Wanderers line-up that had beaten Plymouth the previous week - Matt McClure replacing the ill Steven Craig. Elsewhere there was a return to the bench for Junior Morias, who returned from his loan spell at Hendon in the week leading up to the game with York.
Despite York's League position, the warning signs were there early on for Wycombe when Lanre Oyebanjo struck a long range effort just high of the target. Wycombe's best effort in the first half came a couple a minutes before the break when a short corner from the right by Sam Wood saw an exchange with Morgan and the former shooting just over on the turn from around 20 yards. But at the other end just moments later, Ingram had to be relied on again to grab a close range effort from Josh Carson.
The visitors goal came when a free-kick from close to half-way line saw McGurk sneak in at the far post to head past Ingram from around six yards. Thankfully it proved a wake up call for Wanderers with a leveller just five minutes later when McClure's shot
Full-time - Wycombe 1 York 1
Post match reaction:
Speaking after the game, Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth said "They came with a plan and are probably happier with the point, they came to disrupt and scored from a set-play. But our reaction was great, to score and come right back into the game. I said to the boys, in years gone by York would have scored, we would have collapsed and it could have been two or three and we would be feeling sorry for ourselves. That hasn’t happened and for 10-15 minutes after their goal we picked it up and there was only one team at the end that was going to go on to score if there was a golden goal. But York saw it out, they came for a point and they got a point but they’re not a bottom two side. I think we’ll look at the table at the end of the season and think – that’s not a bad point." The Wycombe boss added, "I’ve said to the boys, ‘be disappointed because people will come here with respect for you now, try to break your tempo and destroy what you do. We’ll have to find a way of breaking teams down. We need to think about maybe going different at home and different away, we need to change our game a little bit. It is down to me and the coaching staff to introduce different ideas on the training ground when teams come here for a point – which will happen now – we’re going to have to manage that and try to break that down. Whether that’s a different formation, different personnel or a different style of play, we’ll find out and it’s about me becoming a better manager. I’m up for the challenge. Looking at the bigger picture, we’re unbeaten in six, ten points off the last four; I think anyone would take that. What we’ve done in the few weeks, we were probably due a deferential game and we had it against York. Some of the best teams win three and draw one, so we can go on another little run now. I’ve said to the players that we can put that slot to bed, that’s six games, let’s start again at Rochdale. I asked, do you all think you can go and beat Rochdale? And they said yeah – that’ll do for me. In years gone by we would have thought that’s a tough game, we won’t get anything there; the boys think we can get something. Brilliant."
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