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Southend United 1
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 1st March 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to five games after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at a muddy Southend United.
Team new saw Gareth Ainsworth make two changes to the side that had won on the road at Exeter the previous Tuesday - strikers Matt McClure and Steven Craig returning to the side in favour of Reece Styche and Paris Cowan-Hall.
Wandererers just about held their own during a first half of few chances - Anthony Stewart going closest for Wanderers when he saw a header saved following a Max Kretzschmar's ball into the box. However, it was poor defending after the break from a Kevan Hurst corner that let Barry Corr drift in to power a header past Matt Ingram on 63 minutes. The goal followed a prolonged spell of pressure Phil Brown's side and it was a test of Wycombe's character that they were able to respond seven minutes later when substitute Paris Cowan-Hall swept forward from midfield before unleashing a 20 yarder that struck the United crossbar before hitting 'keeper Daniel Bentley's back and rolling over the line. Victory was then up for grabs for either team, although it was the hosts that ended the more frustrated and Manager Brown particularly frustrated at Wanderers time wasting tactics that he described as 'embarrassing' after the game. Wycombe remain 21st in the table - five points clear of the drop zone but also five points behind 10th placed York City, with a game in hand.
Full-time - Southend 1 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "We had a stroke of luck, I wonít beat about the bush, but how many times have I said we havenít had the rub of the green? That definitely is the rub of the green today. Their keeper had a great game today and he didnít deserve that, but maybe we did. We could have won it but they could won it as well. Iím pleased with the point. A point is a good point away from home, especially as a few teams have dropped points today."
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