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Newport County 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 12th April 2014
Football League Two
A shocking second half performance from Wanderers saw Gareth Ainsworth's side fall to a 2-0 defeat at Newport County. With Northampton beating Burton, only goal difference separates Wycombe from the Cobblers ahead of Good Friday's clash between the two sides at Adams Park.
This latest setback came after a first half where Wycombe had a decent share of the play and also chances to take the lead against a Newport side that had not won at home for ten League games. The second half began in similar fashion, with Nick Arnold going close on 54 minutes after a Max Kretzschmar assist. However, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 68th minute when Ryan Jackson’s long throw found its way to Christian Jolley, who struck home from close range. It got worse five minutes when a former Wanderer Chris Zebroski left the Wanderers defence flat footed down the right channel before firing past Matt Ingram. That proved to be 'game over' as Wanderers seemed to be left lacking any ideas on how to create chances and digging themselves out of what is now a hugely crucical final four games of the season. Elsewhere, bottom side Torquay won 2-1 at Bristol Rovers, with Rovers now only a point above Wycombe and having to visit Adams Park on 26th April. It's in Wycombe's hands - two home victories would virtually secure Wanderers Football League status before the final day trip to seemingly doomed Torquay but with just six home victories this season to date, that is easier said than done.
Full-time - Newport 2 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "I didn't like the nerves I saw today. The second half performance was just unrecognisable. There's a lot of work to do this week and we've got a huge game, not just for Wycombe, but for their careers. The players have got to stand up and be counted. I don't think we stood up to the challenges today. I thought we were out fought, out thought, and out played, and it's cost us dearly. We're going to work on what we can this week because I want to put things right." He added ,"I’m flabbergasted at the performance in the second half. It just wasn’t good enough and we’ve given ourselves a real battle now with the game against Northampton on Friday. It’s been a real bad day and I’m going to have to look real seriously at the video and just get these players back up. Friday is what we’ve got to focus on now; we’ve got to put that to bed quickly. Friday is what we’ve got to focus on now; we’ve got to put that to bed quickly."
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