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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Accrington Stanley 0
Saturday 8th February 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers failed to score for the fifth consecutive time at home as they drew 0-0 with Accrington at Adams Park.
With the pressure mounting on Wycombe's relegation plight, Gareth Ainsworth gave starts to Paris Cowan-Hall and Dean Morgan, following their return from injury, while there was also a start for Matt Bloomfield on his 30th birthday. But the changes failed to inspire during a drab first half.
The second-half proved better viewing but Wanderers were restricted to one serious effort on target when Reece Styche struck a 56th minute curling effort to the top right corner of the Valley End net that Stanley's Fulham loannee 'keeper Marcus Bettinelli managed to push away. Wycombe had the better of the remainder of the game too but struggled again whenever they approached the opponents penalty area. Wanderers then had a let off in the 84th minute when James Gray broke down the left and Piero Mingoia tapped home at the far post, but the offside flag came to Wycombe's rescue as they settled for a point that keeps them one place above the relegation zone.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Accrington 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "I thought we were poor at set plays today. We could have done better at set plays, and the clinical little touches. I want to be beating teams like Accrington at home, but after the run weíve been on itís small steps. Itís the first clean sheet weíve had for a while, weíve got to build on that. We havenít been beaten Ė again, build on that. Weíve crossed one of our targets off, to get to 30 points. They wanted to get to 30 points and then kick on. Looking at the league thereís nine points between eighth and relegation Ė itís crazy. Itís a very tight league and I donít want anyone worrying too much about the table at the moment. It was a horrible game, not a nice game, but we havenít lost, we got a clean sheet Ė weíve got things to build from." The Wycombe boss also commented on an incident towards the end of the 90 minutes when Matt Bloomfield appeared to be fouled as he ran into the penalty area, "Iím not going to talk about referees any more this season unless something horrendous happens. I thought it was a penalty. The referee stopped the game a lot today and he didnít let the game flow, which is important for our game. We didnít get our tempo going because of those reasons."
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