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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Oxford United 3
Friday 3rd April 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers were beaten for the first time in nine games as they went down 3-2 at home to Oxford United on Good Friday. Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that had beaten Dagenham & Redbridge the previous Saturday - Fred Onyedinma returning in place of an injured Matt McClure.
Wycombe started well enough - Paul Hayes seeing a headed saved on 2 minutes but it was the visitors who took the lead on 12 minutes when Danny Rose cut in from the left being his low cross evaded the Wanderers defence and Kemar Roofe stroked the ball home at the far post. The U's, needing a win themselves to ease their relegation fears, doubled their lead on 22 minutes with a near mirror image of the first goal - this time Roofe's low cross finding Rose whose angled left foot shot flew past Matt Ingram to stun the home fans.
Sam Wood and Aaron Pierre went close to reducing the deficit before the break but it was Ingram who kept Wycombe in the game a minute into the second period when he blocked Danny Hylton's shot after the United player had broke from the half-way line. On 48 minutes it was game on again when Nico Yanaris's high ball into the box from midfield was knocked down by Alfie Mawson for Hayes to shot home from inside the six yard box. It prompted Wycombe's best spell of the game with the home following, in the biggest attendance of the season at Adams Park, urging their side on. But Wanderers were caught again by a sucker punch goal on the hour mark when yet another low cross, this time from the right, found its way through the Wanderers defence for Roofe to convert and send the success starved United fans into delirium on their biggest away day of the season.
Ainsworth reacted to the goal by throwing on Aaron Holloway and Peter Murphy to help spark Wanderers' attack into life and it was Holloway who grabbed his first Wycombe goal in the 89th minute when he slid home Onyedinma's low ball from the left. But despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was no fairytale finish for Wycombe who remain third in table but are now four points ahead of 4th placed Bury who have a game in hand and boast a record of eight wins from their last nine games. Next game for Wycombe, away to leaders Burton Albion on Holiday Monday (6th April).
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Oxford United 3
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "I'm disappointed but I feel there was a huge, crucial, game-changing decision around 55 minutes just after we scored and sometimes you've got to swallow them, and we have done today." The Wycombe boss was refering to a controversial decision not to award a free-kick for a foul on Fred Onyedinma by Oxford’s 'last man'. Ainsworth said: “The ‘keeper’s nowhere near going to get the ball, the ball’s there for Fred, somebody with his pace is going clean through and for the life of me I can’t understand why he’s not given a free-kick there which would possibly lead to a red card. Onyedinma’s not a player who’s not going to go down for nothing, he wants to score goals, he’s an honest lad, he says he was pulled down and I believe him." Ainsworth, who was consoled after the final whistle by former Blackburn Rovers hero and current coach of United, Derek Fazackerley, added:"We gave a right effort towards the end and we can play better than we did today. The result doesn't speak totally about us as Wycombe Wanderers, but Oxford deserve it, they put the ball in the goal more often and that's what counts. What I got to concentrate on now is getting the best out of my boys on Monday and going again. It's a great game, top of the league, looking forward to that one. I always look at the positives and there are positives in there. I will find them and let the boys know what they're capable of on Monday."
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