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Accrington Stanley 1
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Saturday 20th December 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers opened up a two point lead at the top of 'League Two' following a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley.
With Gareth Ainsworth missing the trip north due to a sickness bug, Richard Dobson took charge of the side for the day and saw an unchanged line-up take a 9th minute lead when Paris Cowan-Hall netted with a superb curling effort from the just outside the left edge of penalty area. The goal came after Alfie Mawson had robbed the home side of possession in midfield and then fed the ball forward where Matt McClure made a neat back-heel to Cowan-Hall who was declared fractionally onside before looking up and curling the ball into the opposite top corner of the net.
With the wind behind them, Wanderers then had opportunities to extend their lead - the best chance falling to Cowan-Hall from around 6 yards following an Aaron Pierre knock down but the chance was blazed over above the target and the diehard Wycombe following standing on the bleak Stanley terracing. McClure stretched to meet a flicked cross from the right by Sam Wood as the half drew to a close but again the ball went high of the target.
Wycombe were made to pay for those missed chances early in the second-period when the home side drew level following a set-piece from the right wing that was delivered by Kai Naismith for West Ham loanee Sean Maguire to glance a header past Matt Ingram into the top centre of the Wycombe net. Wanderers when then grateful for two outstanding saves by Ingram to keep the scores level. First he tipped away a flicked header from a Kal Naismith free-kick, then pulled off an even better save when he got down quick to his right to push away a John O’Sullivan header that left the home following stunned.
But Wycombe survived and then went on to have the better chances to win game as the weather turned to the now obligatory 'Wycombe visiting Accrington' rainfall and end to end wind. Substitute Aarron Holloway just failed to connect at the far post after Josh Scowen, Sido Jomabati and Cowan-Hall had combined to deliver from the right, while a corner from the left was nearly bundled home as Wanderers ended the side looking most likely to score.
Full-time - Accrington 1 Wycombe 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Richard Dobson said, "We're obviously punching above our weight in terms of our league position, sitting pretty at the top of the league. If we scored another goal, the game would have been a lot easier for us and it would had been a lot more difficult for them to get back into it. It is a good place to come and get a point, they are a tough side who are going well at the moment. We finished the game as the aggressors and I thought we could have gone on a nicked something."
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