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Saturday 21st November 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers conceeded a stoppage time goal as they drew 1-1 at Wimbledon. Southampton loanee Jason McCarthy had scored his first senior goal to open the scoring on 51 minutes but former Wanderers loanee Ade Azeez grabbed a controversial late equaliser for The Dons.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth was forced into making two changes to his starting line-up - Anthony Stewart making his first competitive start since August plus Michael Harriman, both returning to the side to replace the injured Joe Jacobson and Marcus Bean. The draw at Kingsmeadow moves Wanderers up a place to 11th in the 'League Two' table with 26 points - three points adrift of 7th placed Leyton Orient with two games in hand but 12 points behind leaders Plymouth who had a surprise home defeat to local rivals Exeter City.
The first-half was fairly uneventful affair. Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor missed a glorious chance to open the scoring on 29 minutes but blazed over the crossbar from 12 yards with Matt Ingram grounded. At the other Sam Wood saw a curling free-kick from the right channel comfortably saved by Cardiff City loanne 'keeper Ben Wilson on 37 minutes.
The break through for Wycombe came six minutes into the second-half when McCarthy's bundled the ball home following a free-kick into The Dons box by Sam Wood just over the half-way line. McCarthy's delight saw the youngster turn and race to celebrate in front of the Wycombe bench and then the away fans at the opposite end of the ground.
Wycombe looked to have held out against the subsequent Wimbledon pressure but Wycombe failed to deal with a home ball in from the right that bounced on the six yard line in front of Sido Jombati before an attempted palm from Matt Ingram was not strong enough and fell into the path of former Wanderers loanee Ade Azeez who smashed the ball home. Wycombe complained that Ingram had been fouled by Tom Elliott and although video evidence backs up the claim, Ingram and his defenders will know they should have done better.
The draw at Kingsmeadow moves Wanderers up a place to 11th in the 'League Two' table with 26 points - three points adrift of 7th placed Leyton Orient with two games in hand but 12 points behind leaders Plymouth who had a surprise home defeat to local rivals Exeter City.
Full-time - Wimbledon 1 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "It's almost like a defeat but I've just said to them it's a fantastic point away from home, but the performance, the work ethic was absolutely brilliant today. Wimbledon have been on really good form, they took a point at Portsmouth, won the three before that, so I think this is a great point for us. The work ethic was fantastic, the closing, some good passing in moments. I think Wimbledon had one shot on target and it went in, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
Meanwhile, Dons boss Neal Ardley said: "I think it's a fair result. Obviously Gareth [Ainsworth] won't be happy, 90 minutes in 1-0 up thinking they're protecting a lead. I don't think they did enough to win the game and I don't think we did enough to win the game. I think conditions didn't help - it was a swirling, horrible strong wind, and in the end I think we got caught perhaps playing a game that they're better at than we are."
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