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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Burton Albion 2
Saturday 5th October 2013
Football League Two
Charles Dunne was red carded as Wanderers' hit and miss season continued with a 2-1 home defeat to Burton Albion. Dunne had returned to the side for the first time since his sending-off at Oxford six weeks previous but he saw red again for a second bookable offence three minutes into the second half. By that time Wycombe were already a goal behind from Billy Kee's strike from the edge of the box on 26 minutes. The visitors were then gifted another goal on 52 minutes when a clumsy challenge by Gary Doherty on Kee saw a penalty awarded. Kee brushed himself down to send Ingram the wrong way from the spot. Only a save by Ingram and the woodwork prevented Albion extending their lead before Matt McClure struck a 90th minute goal to set-up an unlikely and ultimately unsuccessful comeback by Wycombe who are now 13th in the table.
On a Club Community day it was another hugely disappointing home result for the Wanderers. Team news had seen Paris Cowan-Hall return to the side for the first time since the meeting with Mansfield on 12th August but there was no return for top scorer Dean Morgan after his one match ban - the striker suffering from 'a nerve problem in his thigh'. Cowan-Hall was favoured ahead of Max Kretzschmar while Dunne returned to the side in place of the injured Leon Johnson.
Burton's opener on 26 minutes came when Kee chested the ball down with his back to goal, before turning and firing the past the dive of Ingram. Dunne was significantly booked on 34 minutes for a clumsy challenge of Phil Edwards. Wycombe's best chance of the first half then followed on when Dunne delivered a low cross from the left that Matt McClure directed towards goal, only to be denied by an block by Albion defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
Dunne's red card came just three minutes into the second period when he lunged into Edwards again out on the Burton right, some 40 yards from goal - referee Mark Brown hardly hesitated in producing a yellow card, followed by the dreaded red. Two minutes later Doherty had two digs at Kee on the left side of the box to concede a penalty that Kee converted. Later, Kee was denied his hat-trick when Ingram saved a low shot to the 'keepers right. The same player also headed against the top of the crossbar following a corner from the left, before the resulting loose ball was blasted high into the top of the deserted away end.
Wanderers' consolation goal came when substitute Max Kretzschmar cut the ball back low from the right, past a Junior Morias air shot, and then to McClure who controlled, turned and then fired left footed into the corner of the Valley End net.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Burton 2
Post match reaction:
The post match interviews with Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth centred around the sending off of Charles Dunne and if it had affected Wycombe's chances, "I will say yes, but it's not a get out from me." said the Ainsworth and added, "First half wasn't good enough. I believe we could have gone on and come back into the game second half with eleven men no problem because I had strong words at half time. We let a soft goal in and it's harder 1-0 down at home at half time. They are going to sit in and defend their lead. Burton, in their defence, played very well, and kept the ball away from us. Charles was very rash and very silly. It's a young pro's tackle. The last thing I said to him was be careful. I've been in that situation, I've been sent off before. It was a rash challenge to do on a yellow card and he'll be feeling bad tonight. It's not all down to him but it didn't help, with ten men and the penalty and a few decisions I did disagree with. Charles has apologised to the boys. He's a man, he'll take in on the chin. It's part of his learning and it's unfortunate he's getting lessons in the first team on the pitch. It takes a big man to stand up and say it's my fault and I'm sorry, and he's done that. I don't want anyone giving Charles Dunne any stick, he's going to feel bad enough."
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