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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 28th September 2013
Football League Two
Wanderers went down 3-2 at Spotland after conceeding three times in a disastrous opening 15 minutes against Rochdale. Goals from Matt McClure and Jo Kuffour put a closer looking margin on the scoreline but Gareth Ainsworth's side were outplayed for the majority of the game and had to rely on several great stops from Matt Ingram to prevent the home side running riot.
Wanderers went into the game with one change from the side that had drew with York City seven days previous - Kuffour coming in to replace the suspended Dean Morgan. Steven Craig (ill) and Josh Scowen (ankle injury) were still missing from the squad. Meanwhile, youngster Charlie Horlock was included on the First Team bench for the first time having been recalled from earlier from his loan spell with Hendon in order to provide cover for Matt Ingram following a midweek injury to Lee Harrison.
The nightmare start for the Wanderers started after just 5 minutes when Scott Hogan picked the ball up on the edge of thge box and turned before angling a left footed shot past Matt Ingram. The home lead was doubled five minutes later when a break from the half-way line saw the ball spread wide to the left where Joe Bunney struck a low effort past Ingram's near post. The triple salvo was completed on 15 minutes when a corner from the right was played out to Michael Rose who curled a shot home from around 25 yards. Wycombe came back into it when McClure showed good control on the right of the box before turning and curling home with a left footed effort into the opposite corner of the net. Two saves from Ingram kept Wanderers in the game before Kuffour curled the ball in from a narrow angle on the left on 58 minutes to set up an interesting closing third to the game but one where Wycombe didn't have enough to salvage any points.
Full-time - Rochdale 3 Wycombe 2
Post match reaction:
Speaking after the game, Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth said "Iíve just told them I never, ever want to see another 15 minutes like that as long as Iím in charge. It was terrible - we were pulled all over the place, pulled from pillar to post. We couldnít handle it. When we sorted it by putting a deep lying midfielder in there, we stopped the rot until half time and almost got it to 3-2. If Mattís chance [after he had already scored] goes in itís a high pressure game second half. But we didnít deserve anything today after that 16 minutes. We were well and truly beaten by them. Itís great to come back, great spirit shown, but that 16 minutes, I canít take that. We are going to have to seriously take stock of what we did. That did hurt me, that one. We seemed very wide open. We tried to activate them and get them going but their brains werenít working today. We could have nicked something at the end, whether we deserved it is debateable. We won the second half 1-0 but we were well out of the game by then and they were just holding on. Weíve had a few good trips home lately so weíre probably due one of these."
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