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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 28th November 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers let a two goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 with Portsmouth at Adams Park. Michael Harriman and Garry Thompson had fired Wycombe into a 2-0 lead by the 30th minute but the visitors struck back on the stroke of half-time and then levelled eleven minutes into the second-half after the Wycombe defence went AWOL at a corner. Wycombe are now 9th in the table.
An unchanged Wycombe line-up for the third game running, opened the scoring in the 28th minute when a poor low clearance from Pompey 'keeper Brian Murphy fell to Luke O'Nein on the half-way line. O'Nein sent the ball forward into the path of Michael Harriman, who with his back to goal, swivelled then scooped the ball into the empty net from around 35 yards.
Two minutes later, Wycombe doubled their advantage after Garry Thompson slid in from six yards to convert a whipped Harriman cross from the right. It was Thompson's 100th career League goal and came after Paul Hayes had found Harriman in space on the right wing.
The goals stunned Pompey and their travelling contingent in Wanderers' biggest gate of the season and it could have been 3-0 shortly afterwards when Southampton loanee Jason McCarthy sent in a deep cross from the right that saw Sam Wood strike his shot straight at Murphy. However, having survived that scare, the visitors pulled a goal in first-half stoppage time when Caloan Lavery tapped in after Marc McNulty just beat the offside trap to sprint past the Wycombe defence and make it 2-1.
The goal was a psychological boost for the visitors and they drew level eleven minutes after the restart when Adam Webster was left free to head home a Ben Daviesí corner. The marking from the Wanderers defence was truly awful.
Paul Hayes came closest to restoring Wycombe's lead when he swung a boot at the far post following a corber from the right but the shot lacked the power. it was the visitors who looked most likely to take all three points in the dying stages and in the end it was the Wanderers who the side more relieved to hear the final whistle - Matt Ingram saving on two occasions in the final ten minutes to deny Kyle Bennett and Lavery, while the Wycombe 'keeper was grateful inbetween times when he fumbled a ball on the edge of the six yard box to concede a corner.
Next game for Wanderers, who are now 9th in the table, is away to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening - Aaron Pierre will miss that game due a one match ban for reaching five yellow cards with a late booking versus Pompey.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Portsmouth 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: ""I don't want anybody feeling like that was two points dropped. That was a strong side, one of the biggest clubs in League Two. It's a good result. We had chances to make it 3-0. On chances we edged it. We had shots at goal but they had the majority of the possession. We knew they were going to do that. It was a real ding-dong game. We destroy, we press and then we counter. It's no secret that's the way we play. It's about finding different ways of doing that to keep the opposition on their toes."
Meanwhile, Portsmouth Manager Paul Cook added: "We were in danger of being blown away at times in the first-half because of our sloppiness. There was no edge to our play in any shape or form. I thought Wycombe were excellent. They caused us no end of problems in all areas of the pitch and at half-time if you'd have offered me a draw I'd have bitten your hand off."
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