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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Plymouth Argyle 2
Tuesday 10th March 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers' 12 match unbeaten run came to a crashing halt following a 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park. An unchanged starting XI to the one that had beaten Cambridge the previous Saturday opened the game in confident fashion but never seemed to regain their composure after conceeding a breakaway goal on 19 minutes. The strike came following an attempted short corner on the left from Wanderers. Possession was lost on the edge of the Argyle box and the visitors broke down the right wing through Drew Talbot who then fed Lewis Alessandra whose clever flicked shot beat Matt Ingram at the near post.
It was 2-0 on 29 minutes when a floated corner from the left found Peter Hartley unmarked at the far post, who fired left footed with glee into the back of the Valley End net from a couple of yards. Olly Lee hit the left hand upright before the break as the visitors took a firm grip of the game, with Wanderers continuing to struggle. The second half saw little improvement for Wycombe and it could have been 3-0 on minutes when Lee shot on the run from the left of the box struck the crossbar before former Wanderers loanee Reuben Reid headed over the rebound from less than six yards, with the goal at his mercy.
Gareth Ainsworh introduced Brentford loanee Courtney Senior for his professional debut on 65 minutes. The 17 year old played wide right but time ran out to impress on a night described as a 'bad day at the office' by Gareth Ainsworth after the game. The result sees Wycombe fall to third place in the table, with Shrewsbury the new leaders after they scored twice in second-half stoppage time to win 2-1 at Carlisle. Previous leaders Burton are second after they were held 0-0 at home by Wimbledon.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Plymouth 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said: "It was a poor performance - a poor day at the office. We gifted two goals to them and a few players were well below par tonight. Possession-wise we kept the ball but we kept it at the back and in the wrong areas sometimes, and made a few mistakes. Every time we pumped it forward it seemed to come straight back to us. We got caught on the break twice for two goals, which isn't like us. One resulted in a goal one resulted in a corner that led to a goal. Defending corners was very disappointing, but the big picture is we haven't conceded from a set play since way before Christmas." Ainsworth added: "Looking at the big picture, to only have our fourth loss on the table in mid February is something really special. I'm not going to single anyone out - Wycombe Wanderers were poor tonight on the pitch, the fans were great off the pitch, Plymouth go home with the points. I'd like to draw a line under that and go on with Newport now."
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