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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Cheltenham Town 2
Saturday 16th November 2013
Football League Two
Wanderers lost for the fourth time at home this season in the League - this time going down 2-1 Cheltenham Town. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead in the 56th when Jamie Cureton netted. Wycombe hit back ten minutes later when substitute Matt McClure finished clinically from the left side of the box. However, Wanderers conceeded again a minute later when Sam Deering's cross from the right was deflected past Matt Ingram by Billy Knott. Wycombe are now 13th in the table with 21 points from 15 games - leaving them five points below the play-off zone and seven points above the relegation zone.
Team news saw Gareth Ainsworth make five changes to the starting line-up that had lost in the week at Swindon in the Football League Trophy - Paris Cowan-Hall, Billy Knott, Dean Morgan, Anthony Stewart and Leon Johnson returning to the line-up with Gary Doherty, Matt McClure and Steven Craig dropping to the bench, Kortney Hause missing out through injury and Jo Kuffour dropped.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "They were there for the taking today. I didn't think Cheltenham were too impressive at all, but we were very poor and gave them the points, and that's something I don't like doing. We've got to make sure the nothing games go in our favour - that's the way you get points. We've played well in some home games and not got the points. You have games where you play well. For a small amount of games you play poorly. In certain games there's that mix in the middle where anyone could win it. It took them to score for us to kick on. We reacted and got back in the game, then it was a real blow when they got the deflection. We did create a few chances after that and maybe could have nicked one, but there's no way we deserved to win that today. If we'd have drawn the game we'd have been lucky, even though they had a wicked deflection for their winning goal and we had one that just went over the bar. But you make your own luck and create your own positivity about the place - today we were just a little bit off it. Home form's not great. It's something we have to address and I have been saying it all season. We don't seem to be able to get out of this at the moment, but we've played some of our best football at home - the Bristol City game and earlier in the season. It's a hangover from Tuesday (v Swindon) with us I think. It was a lacklustre performance and not one we've had to look at at Wycombe. It's very few and far between I get performances like that. I thought we did all we could on Thursday and Friday to try and address the spirit and get things back. We felt unjustly done by at Swindon and we've probably carried that with us today." The Wycombe boss concluded, "We looked like a team of individuals rather than a team like we have been in the past. In the second half we didn't look together, we didn't look like a team. We don't get hammered any more. I don't think we've ever been out of a game. We haven't been beaten by more than one goal all season which is quite a proud stat, although not getting beaten at all would be better. We are always in games so we've addressed that, it's just making these little differences in games. We need to make sure we make these count in future."
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