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Scunthorpe United 0
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 29th March 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers earned what could be another valuable point as they drew 0-0 at 2nd placed Scunthorpe United. The home side, undefeated in 23 games, were left frustrated by a resolute Wycombe display that could have seen Gareth Ainsworth's grab all three points, with the best chance falling to Max Kretzschmar, six minutes before the break but the youngster shot over after turning on the edge of the six yard box. The points sees Wycombe fall a place in the table to 22nd spot after Portsmouth grabbed a 2-1 victory at Newport County. However, 23rd placed Northampton lost 3-0 at home to Bury while Torquay lost 1-0 at Southend.
Team news for Wycombe against the promotion chasers saw four changes to the side that had lost to Burton in the week - 18 year old Danny Rowe was given his Football League debut in defence after his loan move from Rotherham, while Stuart Lewis, Max Kretzschmar and Steven Craig returned the starting line-up. Rowe came into the side after Marvin McCoy was reported to have a tight groin and Anthony Stewart a hamstring problem. Meanwhile, Reece Styche and Dean Morgan were demoted the bench as Ainsworth went for a more defensive approach against a side unbeaten since November 2013.
Full-time - Scunthorpe 0 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, ". “I said [earlier] in the week I’d have taken a point and thank goodness we’ve got one. We frustrated Scunthorpe. They were limited to chances – when they did have their chances Matt Ingram was there, [he was] solid, couldn’t be beaten. On another day we might have been able to nick the game. Max has had a great chance, Sam Wood, Stevie Craig’s header – we haven’t come just to stifle and not create our own chances. The plan worked well. They couldn’t break down our five. Stuart Lewis and Josh Scowen always run about - they’re the best in the league – Sam Togwell’s brain, Blooms’ experience, Max’s flair; we’ve got a great balance there. Stevie’s led the line like Braveheart. He was fantastic, winning every header and tackle and chasing absolutely everything. I thought he’d blow up after 60 minutes but he was determined to stay on and see the game out. It’s a big point against a side everyone fancies for promotion. We’ll fight tooth and nail right to the bitter end. That’s the kind of performance we’ll need from now until the end of the season. It’s looking good but the job’s way from over yet. We need to keep winning and getting these points on the board.” The Wycombe boss also praised the two youngsters in the Wanderers defence - Danny Rowe making his debut having signed ten minutes before the transfer deadline. "We’ve got one lad making his league debut today, one lad made his league debut on Tuesday. Before the game you’ve got one 90 minutes between your centre halves and you do worry. I’ve done my research on Danny. I have to admit I didn’t see him live and that was a risk, but I did a lot of research, spoke to people, saw a few clips. What I saw today was more than enough, it was a fantastic debut. Aaron is growing into a solid centre half who’s going to be feared. To get a clean sheet is really credible. Not many are going to get nil against at Glanford Park.”
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