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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Accrington Stanley 2
Tuesday 17th March 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers missed the chance to go top of 'League Two' as the midweek home hoodoo continued in a 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley at Adams Park. Wycombe, playing their 500th home game in the Football League, fielded the same starting XI that had beaten Shrewsbury the previous Saturday and it was Sam Wood who eventually got Wanderers off to a winning start again when he was on hand to head home from 6 yards after Paul Hayes' bouncing shot from the left side of the box was deflected. The chance came after Fred Onyedinma's original shot had been blocked by Scott Davies in the Stanley goal and Matt Bloomfield had lofted the ball back across the box from the right for Hayes to volley goalwards.
That goal was just reward for Wycombe's early pressure and it could have been 2-0 on 41 minutes when Sam Saunders saw a low shot from the right of the box saved to the 'keepers right. But out of the blue Stanley were allowed back into the game during the final minutes of the half and stunned the home crowd in stoppage time when Piero Mingoia crossed low from the right for Terry Gornell to slide in a beat Matt Ingram to the ball from a couple of yards out.
The second-half saw Wanderers seek the winner and when Sam Saunders curled in a free-kick from the left of goal on 56 minutes, the ball somehow managed to avoid going in having struck the left-hand upright and rebound along the goalline before going out for a goal-kick on the right. However, four minutes later Stanley's 31 travelling fans were celebrating again when a throw from the left was eventually laid back to Mingoia, who thumped the ball past Ingram from 20 yards into the top left corner of the net.
Gareth Ainsworth made a double substitution shortly afterwards, replacing Onyedinma and Matt Bloomfield with Aaron Holloway and former Stanley favourite Peter Murphy. It sparked a spell of Wycombe pressure and it finally told in the 71st minute when a free-kick into the Stanley box was cleared as far as Alfie Mawson whose shot was deflected over Davies and into the back of the Valley End net. The three points were now up for grabs. Wood dragged a shot of the left-hand post a minute after Mawson's equaliser, while Aaron Pierre, Hayes and Murphy all saw efforts stiffled by a Stanley defence more than happy to run down the four minutes of added time with understandable time wasting tactics.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Accrington 2
Post match reaction:
The draw against Stanley meant that it was over three years since Wanderers last won an evening midweek game at Adams Park. Gareth Ainsworth quipped, "With the amount of chances we created tonight we had enough to win two or three Tuesday night games. It’s one of those things and at least we’re away from home next Tuesday and we can have a look at that one. I think I’m going to ring the FA and see if we can change all our Tuesdays to Wednesdays" Returning to draw with Stanley, he added: "Performance is what I’m about. No [more] injuries is very important and we’ve got to get the legs back now because we’ve got a good game next week against Luton. I think 19 shots on goal is one of the stats so it’s great to create that many chances. The disappointment is that we didn’t convert. The ratio of conversion isn’t great there. Tired legs, tired game but I’m proud. Four points out of the last two games – I think most people would have taken that and they’d have probably seen it the other way around. If we keep doing that towards the end of the season we’ll get promoted."
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