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Southend United 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 7th March 2015
Football League Two
Alfie Mawson scored an 85th equaliser for Wanderers as they salavaged a 2-2 draw at 6th placed Southend United. The result came after Wycombe had to deal with a last minute change to the starting line-up when Fred Oneydinma aggrivated a calf strain in the warm-up at Roots Hall and had to replaced by Steven Craig. Elsewhere, Aaron Pierre returned to the side following his two match ban - Danny Rowe dropping to the bench.
The match marked the 100th consecutive appearance for Matt Ingram but the Wycombe 'keeper was picking the ball out of the net after 14 minutes when Barry Corr followed in a Joe Pigott effort to convert from close range. With the home side having conceeded just 7 times in 17 home games in 2014/15 prior to the visit of Wycombe, that opener looked ominous but Wanderers hit back on 28 minutes when Sam Wood's strike at goal saw Steve Craig get the crucial touch to take it past home 'keeper Ted Smith.
Wanderers best spell followed leading up to the break but Phil Brown's side came again following the interval and regained the lead on the hour mark when Corr side-footed past Ingram. However, it was left for Wanderers to dig deep again and when substitute Hogan Ephraim's cross found Mawson at the far post, the Brentford loanee made no mistake with his header to spark celebrations for the 700 strong following for Wycombe. The draw keeps Wycombe in third spot in the table with 64 points from 35 games. Burton are the new leaders following a late winner in their game at bottom club Hartlepool. Shrewsbury (Wanderers' next opponents) are second after conceeding a 90th minute equaliser in their home game with Cambridge United. Southend are now 4th, five points behind Wycombe. Luton are 5th on 68 points after losing 3-2 at home to Morecambe.
Matt Bloomfield also reached a milestone in the game at Roots Hall, stepping out for his 350th First Team appearance for the Wanderers. Bloomfield becomes only the 24th player in the history of the Club who have made 350 First Team apps for the Wanderers.
Full-time - Southend 2 Wycombe 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "What a result. We donít know when weíre beat, this group of players and this group of fans. We donít know when weíre beat, thatís really important and it shows character. We werenít at our best today and we all know that. Weíve had two tough games, weíve had a tough week with the sending off and an injury to Fred Onyedinma in the warm-up. Blooms going off as well at half-time with a head injury, it was all against us today, but getting a point is a great result. Maybe Southend shaded this one but thatís probably the first time Iíve had to say that this season and itís the start of March. What a reaction, it was a great equaliser and Iím really pleased."
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