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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 26th October 2013
Football League Two
Matt Bloomfield was sent off for the Wanderers as his side fell to a 2-1 home defeat to lowly Bury at Adams Park. It came after an unchanged Wycombe side had led thanks to a 15th goal from Anthony Stewart. Further chances fell Wycombe's way to extend the lead but a poor defensive showing in the second half saw the visitors equalise on 69 minutes through Tom Soares. Six minutes later, a hot headed lunge in slippery conditions by Bloomfield on Shaun Beeley saw referee Darren Deadman instantly show his red card. Wanderers nightmare day was compounded on 88 minutes when William Edjenguele headed in Chris Sedgwick's corner. Wycombe are now 12th in the table
Against a side with just two wins from their opening 13 games, Wanderers will look back on this game as three points thrown away. All seemed to going so well when Stewart lashed home at the far post following a Josh Scowen corner from the left on 15 minutes. Stewart had an effort tipped over later in the half. Early in the second half. Bloomfield saw a shot blocked from the right channel with just the 'keeper to beat. The danger signs were there when Soares sidefooted over a gaping goal but Wycombe's best chance to put the game out of reach of Bury came when a corner from the right saw Stewart's shot at the far post blocked on the line and Hause fire the loose ball wide of the Valley End goal.
That missed was made to looked costly when Soares equalised a few minutes later when Wanderers' defense was exposed down the Bury left, Soares sidefooting home after substitute Anton Forrester had cut the ball back. Bloomfield's dismissal came when he tried to chase down a Matt Ingam throw out down the left wing. Bloomfield's enthusiasm got the better of him and his mis-timed challenge caught Beeley, with a straight red card the consequence. Beeley's quick recovery perhaps summed up the borderline nature of the decision.
Bloomfield's departured didn't help Wycombe's cause but they looked like they had escaped with a point as the game entered the final two minutes when a corner swung in from the left saw Edjenguele beat the Wanderers defence to head home from six yards.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Bury 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "The sending off didn’t help but it wasn’t the reason, believe me, there were other mistakes apart from the sending off. We got what we deserved in the second half, a defeat. The game didn’t hinge on that. We defended - and played – badly as a whole second half. We had a couple of chances and started very brightly. To win the game and put it to bed you have to take those. In my opinion we’re better than that. We are young and it’s not an excuse but we are going to make mistakes and sometimes it’s going to look very naive. We’ve got to front people up quicker, we’ve got to put pressure on the ball quicker. We panicked a little bit instead of keeping the calm heads, and that’s young kids for you. When we’re 18 and something’s against us, we haven’t experienced it before and that’s when you panic a little bit. The older heads have had this before and know how to handle it. But I wouldn’t swap any of them for anyone."
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