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Cambridge United 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Tuesday 1st March 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers went down to a disappointing 1-0 reverse at Cambridge United - an uninspiring game seeing the decisive moment coming in the 27th minute when Josh Coulson's header was heavily deflected past Ryan Allsop by Anthony Stewart for the only goal of the game.
Team news for Wanderers at The Abbey Stadium saw just a single change, with Sam Wood replacing the injured Marcus Bean. Meanwhile Garry Thompson returned on the bench following his three game suspension.
The result has pushed Wycombe back down to 9th spot in the table but with 52 points, Gareth Ainsworth's side are still just a point from the play-off places and four points behind 4th placed Accrington Stanley, who lost at lowly Yeovil Town. The top three are now beginning to pull clear of the chasing pack - leaders Northampton have 75 points, Oxford United are now 2nd on 64 points, with Plymouth having dropped to 3rd on goal-difference.
The reverse at Cambridge means that Wanderers have still not won a game after conceeding first this season. In 2014/15 Wanderers managed five victories having conceeded first, although the most recent occasion was the 4-1 victory at Cheltenham on 22 November 2014.
It's now onto 19th placed Newport County on Saturday. The Welsh side lost to Crawley Town in the week - Crawley included former Wanderer Charles Dunne in their line-up following a loan move from Blackpool.
Full-time - Cambridge 1 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "It was a horrible game. We have just lost a game without a shot on target against us and that is a tough one to take. We scored for them and I don’t think Ryan Allsop has made a save all night, so it is tough. When you restrict a team to no chances you have to say you have defended well and we have got mixed up at a set play. Anthony has slashed at a clearance and it has gone in his own net."
The Wycombe boss then went on to say that his limited budget was restricting his search for a striker. "You have got to pay for top strikers. Your Jamie Curetons and Jay Simpsons are top players. The Barry Corrs of this world are out of our reach and that is why we make [point] targets,” explained Ainsworth. “You look at strikers here at the Abbey and there are players on more money than I could imagine paying. That’s why we make these targets which say we are not going to get promoted or finish in the top three because it will be a real struggle. Let’s give ourselves realistic targets, 61 points was 12th place last year and after nearly going out of business two years ago that is a realistic target." The table now sees just three points separate Leyton Orient in 7th and Cambridge in 12th. Ainsowrth added: “If we can get ourselves a bonus after that [the 61 point target], brilliant. It is really tight around the play-offs which is great for us, but there are plenty more teams under pressure to get promoted and we are not one of them."
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