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Mansfield Town 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 25th February 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers threw away a two goal lead as they drew 2-2 at fellow strugglers Mansfield Town. New signings Jordan Mustoe and Reece Styche were given their debuts in the starting line-up, while Anthony Jeffrey also appeared as substitute during a final twenty minutes when Wycombe had their backs to the wall. In wet and wild conditions, Stuart Lewis had fired Wycombe into an eighth minute lead and Josh Scowen made it 2-0 three minutes into the second-half when he volleyed home. However, The Stags hit back on 54 minutes when Stevenson forced the ball in from close range after Wanderers failed to deal with a corner. Then, with the home side throwing caution to the wind, it was in the 86th minute that Ollie Palmer slotted home from inside the six yard box after Matt Ingram had turned Chris Clements' initial shot onto the crossbar. It was left to Ingram, who had performed earlier heriocs in the game to deny Mansfield, to turn away another Clements shot and prevent the home side from grabbing all three points. Wanderers are now 19th in the table, three points above the relegation zone.
Full-time - Mansfield 2 Wycombe 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's a draw, it's a point, and we've gone up a place in the league. The back four were bombarded in the second half. This wind came down and really was in our face. It was a lot stronger in the second half than it was in the first half. Stuart Lewis has been working so hard on his finishing and that paid dividends today. It was a fantastic finish from him. It's all looking good for the future for us. I'm really excited to get to Tuesday now and our home game against Portsmouth. I believe we can take all three points there." The Wycombe boss added "People will see the performance is there. It’s not as though we collapsed – we’ve had one collapse in a season and a half. They ran themselves into the ground – Matt McClure and Reece Styche are absolutely shattered in there. We are quite positive. The lads who’ve come in, they showed they are ready to play for Wycombe Wanderers. We can work on them. Reece Styche only came in yesterday, Anthony Jeffrey on Thursday. There’s plenty of work to do and I’m looking forward to doing it."
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