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Cheltenham Town 1
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 18th March 2014
Football League Two
A Dean Morgan penalty on 79 minutes rescued a point for the Wanderers in a 1-1 draw at 11th placed Cheltenham Town. Despite Wanderers having the better chances in the opening hour of the game, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 68th minute when substitute Byron Harrison headed in Sido Jombati's cross. Wycombe's equaliser came after both Matt Bloomfield and Jo Kuffour had been fouled in the box - Steve Elliott's foul on Kuffour the more significant, although the challenge on Bloomfield forced the midfielder to eventually be substituted.
The point moves Wanderers up a place to 19th in the table and came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that had disappointed at York the previous Saturday - Josh Scowen returned after suspension for the one game suspended Sam Togwell, while up front, Matt McClure and Steve Craig replaced Dean Morgan and Jo Kuffour. Wycombe had a bright start and Craig had a 'goal' ruled out on four minutes for an earlier foul. Max Kretzschmar had the best chance of the half on 29 minutes when he didn't get enough on a ball in from Nick Arnold that had been teed up by Matt Bloomfield. Craig hit the post in the 63rd minute before Town took the lead against the run of play. However, Wanderers hit back to earn what might be a vital point come the end of the campaign.
Wanderers take on new League Two leaders Rochdale at home on Saturday (22nd March). Dale won 3-0 at relegation threatened Northampton on the same evening Wycombe drew at Whaddon Road but had Matt Lund sent off for a second bookable offence for his goal celebration and he will not be available for the game at Adams Park.
Full-time - Cheltenham 1 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "The performance was there tonight. We went 1-0 down - do we deserve it? Maybe - we've let a sloppy goal in but the way we responded was fantastic. The boys really dug deep. You've got players running on empty for the last 20 minutes. They know what it means to us, they know what it means to the fans. I have had a pop at the boys at half time and said, we can lift this, we can win this - this is here for the taking. They've responded well." He went on to add "We had one (goal) disallowed, which I'm still not sure what for. There was Max's chance, Stevie Craig should really score, then a sloppy goal. We knew the strengths of the full backs, we talked about it before the game so to let one in like that from a cheap cross is disappointing. They deserved their goal but we had the better chances tonight." He concluded, "We've gone down and come back and that's the big thing. That's the important thing, to prove we can do that. Not many teams come here, go 1-0 down and come back into the game. I said in nine game you've had two losses and we've had one bad half. We've got nine games left - if we only lose two of them then we'll stay up by a country mile."
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