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Wednesday 16th March 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers crept back into the play-off places following a 1-1 draw at 5th placed Accrington Stanley - Garry Thompson equalising for Wycombe jusr after the hour mark after Shay McCartan had put the home side ahead in first-half stoppage time.
Fielding an unchanged side from the one that had beaten Stevenage at the weekend, Wycombe had the better of the opening stages but it was the home side who finished the half the strongest and the Lancashire side took the lead in stoppage time when McCartan dinked the ball past Allsop with Wanderers claiming an offside. The match video later proved that McCartan was clearly onside.
Gareth Ainsworth made a change early in the second-half, bringing on Gozie Ugwu for the lack lustre Rowan Liburd. Within seven minutes it was Ugwu who was involved in Wanderers' equaliser, his deflected shot falling into the path of Thompson who drilled the ball home for first goal since Boxing Day at Luton. The goal sparked Wanderers best spell of the game but without the finishing touch that may have brought three points ahead of Saturday's trip to Carlisle United.
Full-time - Accrington 1 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We have a curse at the moment where we donít come back against teams who score first against us. We havenít done that since last year and I told the boys it was there challenge to get back in the game. I said if you stay in the game it only takes one set piece or one ricochet and you are back in the game. Look what happened, we got a ricochet and we got back in the game, we didnít win but I see it as a stepping stone and character building moment for the boys."
The Wycombe Manager was also pleased that one of his strikers had finally netted: "A centre forward has scored at last, it has been a while, so it was brilliant for Thommo [Thompson]. He was brought here to score goals and he scored 14 times for a struggling team last year, so I think he can get double figures this season. We didnít really capitalise on the wind in the first half, but in the second half I thought we were the better team and could have gone on to win it, but I will take a point all day."
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