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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 26th July 2014
Wanderers were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline as they went down a strong squad from Championship side Reading at Adams Park. The visitors had a hosts of scoring opportunities compared to Wycombe but in the end it was two relatively soft goals - one in each half - that saw Gareth Ainsworth's side beaten.
The Royals had squandered numerous chances before eventually opening the scoring in the 40th minute when Jordan Obita made space on the left wing before pulling the ball back to the far corner of the six yard box for Russia international Pavel Pogrebnyak to head back across Matt Ingram and into the opposite corner of the Valley End net.
The second-half followed much the same pattern, although a rare chance for Wanderers inside the opening minutes of the second period almost brought an equaliser when Royals 'keeper Adam Federici almost fluffed gathering a Matt McClure header. Pogrebnyak was denied by an Ingram save, while substitute Nick Blackman saw a 30 yarder come back off the crossbar. But the visitors doubled their lead on 74 minutes when a Ryan Edwards cross from the right was swept home by Jake Taylor with the Wycombe defence looking on. Only a late flying save from Ingram to deny Blackman kept the score to 0-2 at the final whistle.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Reading 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "Thereís a couple of little things that are issues Iím going to have to address. We had 14 go, thereís seven new players Ė we are still getting to know each other. They could have had a couple more. We defended well last ditch sometimes. Itís a good workout for us, that was the main thing for us. Iím happyish with what I saw today. There are a few issues to address and weíll be addressing them. Weíve got a £9million Russian striker [Pogrebnyak] against us, who scores the first goal. He took it well but I think Aaron [Pierre] was fighting him too much and should focus more on the cross coming in. Little things are great to get out the way in pre season. I was happy with the build-up play but we didnít get enough shots on goals." Looking for positives, the Wycombe boss added, "Tommy Fletcher had his best game for us in pre season and thereís a couple more who opened the eye for me. Hayesy [Paul Hayes] had some good touches, some cute things Ė heís going to be a big player in League Two. He can open things up."
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