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Tuesday 19th July 2016
New signing Dayle Southwell netted Wanderers' equaliser on 77 minutes as Gareth Ainsworth's side drew 1-1 with 'Championship' side Brentford at Adams Park.
John Egan had given the visitors the lead on 40 minutes against a starting Wycombe XI that included trialists; former Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Brown, Hull City central defender Harvey Rodgers, plus another run-out for Histon attacking midfielder Nick Freeman. New signing Ade Akinfenwa was serving a one match suspension for his red card in the friendly against Le Havre.
The second half saw a second trialist 'keeper, former Reading youngster Nik Tzanev, take over from Brown, while another trialist centre-back, Will De Havilland, replaced Harvey.
It was the impressive trialist Freeman that saw a shot from just outside the penalty area strike the post before Southwell followed in to score and secure a share of the spoils.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Brentford 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I thought the boys worked extremely hard. There were a lot of changes during the game, but I am really pleased with the performance and as always the fitness. We got a result I thought we deserved. We matched Brentford many times first half and quite a few times in the second as well. Dayle [Southwell] has opened his account which is fantastic. He has come here to score goals and he has scored a goal for me and that is great. Judge Dayle on his goals, that's what he's here to do. He's a player who's got a real chance in the game, he's hungry for success. He knows what hard graft is, believe me. He spent a couple of years doing that and got his chance now. I like everything about him, from his attitude to the way he's trained, and we have to curb his enthusiasm sometimes.
Commenting on trialists, the Wycombe boss added: "It is early days and it is only our second game, our first official pre-season game in this country. It was about the fans enjoying it, seeing a few changes and seeing a few boys adapt to the way we play and what we do. There were a lot of boys out there tonight who donít know exactly what it is we do and what it takes to be in this team. We have to cast our eye over them and make decisions on a few of them. I've got to make decisions on the contract players too, like who will be starting for me. You're always on show when the manager's watching, I'm a long way off picking my starting XI. It's a tough decision, which is great for me."
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