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Burton Albion 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Tuesday 25th March 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers fell to just two points clear of the relegation zone following another disappointing display in a 1-0 defeat at 5th placed Burton Albion. Northampton missed the chance of drawing level on points with Wycombe after conceeding a 96th equaliser in 2-2 home draw with Wimbledon. Portsmouth are also on the same points as Wycombe (42) but with an inferior goal-difference after they collapsed 3-0 at Rochdale. Bottom side Torquay are now six points adrift after losing 1-0 at York.
The defeat at Burton came after Gareth Ainsworth handed loanee Aaron Pierre his Football League debut, with Leon Johnson rested to the bench. Sam Togwell and Nick Arnold returned to the starting line-up in favour of Stuart Lewis and Max Kretzschmar. It was the hosts who had the better of the play in the first-half with Adam McGurk curling an effort against Matt Ingram's right-hand post on 31 minutes. Nick Arnold had Wanderers best effort of the opening 45 minutes when he saw a powerful strike parried by Burton 'keeper Rob Lainton. The crucial goal came on 54 minutes when McGurk struck home after Billy Kee headed back across goal. Ingram stopped a second on 68 minutes when he denied MacDonald before David Gray stuck the loose ball wide. Pierre headed just wide for Wanderers on 74 minutes from Arnold's corner, in a rare attack from Wycombe. Ingram saved a Weir effort on 78 minutes, with Kee unable to convert the rebound and the Wycombe 'keeper was also there to stop Kee again five minutes later as Wycombe disappointed again. It's now onto onto 2nd placed Scunthorpe United, undefeated in 23 games, on Saturday (29th March).
Full-time - Burton 1 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, ""It could really have been a 0-0 here tonight. We're still right in it, it's still in our own hands. We're in a seven-game shoot-out right now. We had a few tired legs from Saturday. The final ball is just letting us down again, people have to stand up and be counted."
The Wycombe boss also said "I'm very concerned. It's not great when you're not scoring goals - you can't win games without scoring goals. We need to address this.We've got players in the team who have got goals to their name, they are just not firing at the moment. All the practice we do in training, hitting the target and putting them away, they are not doing it under pressure. It's a big problem for me and we'll have to get these strikers hitting the target. It's not just the strikers, it's the balls coming in to them as well. They need to be on a plate, they need to be perfect and we'll be working on that. Strikers play with confidence. I played with strikers who, when they're not scoring, they're not scoring. Some could put it right instantaneously, but it does affect some. It never affected me, I was always ready, but maybe we've got a few in there it's affecting. Matt McClure and Paris [Cowan-Hall] are injured, there's two big goalscorers for us, but the boys can't wait around until they get fit, they have to start scoring goals themselves. The quicker that happens, the better. It's where games are won and lost."
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