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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Plymouth Argyle 1
Tuesday 11th March 2014
Football League Two
A 48th minute strike by Conor Hourihane was enough for Plymouth Argyle to claim victory at Adams Park and end Wanderers' unbeaten run of six games. Wycombe went into the game with two changes from the side that beaten Hartlepool at the weekend - Matt McClure returning up front for the injured former Argyle man Paris Cowan-Hall, while Jesse Kewley-Graham got his first appearance of the season in place of the two game suspended Josh Scowen.
However, what was described by Gareth Ainsworth after the game as 'tired', Wycombe struggled to create against a powerful side chasing a place in the play-offs and looking to extract revenge for a 3-0 loss to the Wanderers back in September 2013 at Home Park. The closest Wanderers came to scoring in the first period came when a Sam Wood corner on the stroke of 45 minutes almost curled past Jake Cole in the visiting goal. But Wycombe found themselves behind three minutes after the restart when a Luke Young ball in from the left was not dealt eith by the Wycombe defence and Hourihane looped the ball in on the bounce from the right side of the penalty area, much to the delight of the sizeable contingent from Plymouth. Wycombe were also dealt a blow on the hour mark when McClure went down with an ankle injury and had to be replaced. Wanderers eventually pressed in the latter stages but without really testing visiting Cole in the visitors goal. Indeed the scoreline could have greater but for Ingram keeping out an effort from former Wycombe loanee Reuben Reid (now on loan to Plymouth from Yeovil).
Wanderers are now 20th in the table, with the gap to the relegation zone now 4 points following Northampton's 1-0 win at 22nd placed Exeter City, while bottom club Torquay are 8 points behind Wycombe having registered a shock 2-1 home victory over now 3rd placed Rochdale.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Plymouth 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It was a poor game I thought, we didn't do enough to win it. It should have been 0-0 here tonight. I just said can we go up to York and win on Saturday and everyone has given me a positive yes. Plymouth have been free-scoring, they've been battering teams so it shows how far we've come. I'm disappointed on tonight, but I'm not down" The Wycombe boss almost bemoaned how badly his side had missed the suspended Josh Scowen, saying, "The loss of Josh Scowen is huge for us. He has a specific position in the team and he does it really well. I wanted to try and stick with the formation that's served us so well. We seem to have done that really well and played some good football. It probably shows important Josh is and how he understands that role. It's difficult putting players in different positions and changing them around, but that's football. We wanted to try and keep going the way we were. It didn't work tonight, we didn't get attacking as well as we thought."
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