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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Shrewsbury Town 0
Sunday 28th December 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers frustrated new League Two leaders Shrewsbury Town as they held The Shrews to 0-0 draw at their home ground where they had dropped just two previous points during the 2014/15 season.
The result came after Wycombe were forced into making four changes to the side that had drew with Luton two days previous at Adams Park - Paul Hayes and Danny Rowe missing with injuries, while Sam Wood and Peter Murphy were moved to the bench. Into the starting line-up came Stuart Lewis, Matt Bloomfield, Fred Onyedinma and Aaron Holloway.
Despite the changes, Wycombe were not overshadowed by their hosts and enjoyed a decent spell in the first-half. However, Gareth Ainsworth's side survived a late scare when substitute Andy Mangan netted in the final minute, but the offside flag was raised and the ruled out the goal ensured Wanderers’ unbeaten run increased to six.
The Shrews had also had the ball in the net earlier in the second-half when a corner was sent in from the left for Mark Ellis to slot home from the edge of the six-yard box but Premiership referee Mark Clattenburg had already signalled a foul. The decision to rule out substitute Mangan's 90th minute effort was more controversial - the ball had been flighted in from the right wing where Ingram saved at point blank from Mangan's header - the same player turned in the rebound but luckily for Wanderers he was deemed offside.
This was the first time Wanderers had failed to score in a League match since the 0-0 home draw with Bury on 6 September 2014 - a run of 16 consecutive League games - a record for Wanderers in the Football League.
Full-time - Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "It's an unbeaten December in the league. Some of the fixtures we had, people looking at them would probably have thought the wheels would come off in certain fixtures. Those boys are proving people wrong and people are really getting behind us. We've got no money but what we have is desire, passion and togetherness like you wouldn't believe. I have used every available fit player at Wycombe Wanderers today, which is saying something. It was an outstanding effort from the boys." The Wycombe boss added: "If you're going to come here and go on the back foot, Shrewsbury will take you apart. They are a good footballing side with a good manager who wants to pick teams apart. We thought we'd come and attack them instead of sitting back. We put three up front against three defenders to see how they handled it, and give them a few problems. I'm really pleased with the overall performance and really pleased with a point. I don't think either team deserved anything more. At the end of the season that could be a vital point for us."
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