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Newport County 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 5th March 2016
Football League Two
A second successive 1-0 defeat away from home in the space of five days saw Wanderers remain in 9th spot in the table but still just a point off the play-off places. The latest reverse came at lowly Newport County where prolific striker Scott Boden scored the only goal of the game after 25 minutes. The closest Wycombe came to an equaliser was on 65 minutes when debutant Rowan Liburd struck an effort against the cross bar.
Team news at Newport had seen Aaron Pierre return from injury and replace Anthony Stewart in defence. Elsewhere, new Reading loanee Liburd got a start in favour of Max Kretzschmar, while Sido Jomabti was recalled into defence with Michael Harriman moving into midfield in place of Matt Bloomfield.
Wanderers away record in 2016 is now in stark contrast to that of 2015. In 6 League games to date on the road in 2016, there has been 4 defeats. While in the whole of 2015 there were just three away defeats in the League from 22 games.
However, Wanderers entertain Stevenage on Saturday 12th March in an effort to continue their improved home form where they have won their last two games and will be looking to complete three straight home League victories for the first time since January 2013.
Full-time - Newport 1 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "Itís not a great result. The performance was a little better than Tuesday (a 1-0 loss at Cambridge United) but we still consider ourselves to be better than we were today." He added; "We want to be winning these games if we want to stay in touch with anything (play-off places). It was a tough game, it was a horrible pitch and we didnít get the ball down at all in the first half. We had some good chances in the second half, a cross bar away from equalling, but we didnít really deserve anything more out of the game and I am disappointed with a few people out there today. It was very poor, we have accountability at the club and people have held their hands up. We will work on it and there will be no finger pointing. That is not what we do here."
Commenting on the debtant, Ainsworth said: "It was a tough old game and I think the one bright spark was Rowan Liburd looked very lively on his full debut, especially in the second half when we got the ball down and played into him. He could have had a couple of goals. There was a great strike which the keeper dealt with with his chest really and then there was the one which hit the bar. He was unfortunate it didnít go in for a debut goal, but there were not too many more bright sparks I can point out today."
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