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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Bristol City 1
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Football League Cup - First Round
Wanderers were unlucky to go down 1-0 to Bristol City in the First Round Football League Cup tie at Adams Park.
Wycombe, still reeling from an injury crisis, were forced to field 'emergency loan' 'keeper Cameron Dawson but he was beaten by a 27th minute effort by Tammy Abraham for the only goal of the game. Dawson was one of six changes to the starting line-up that had lost at Crawley on the opening day of the season - Dawson replacing the injured Scott Brown, while Will De Havilland was also given his Wycombe debut as Aaron Pierre was rested to the bench. Elsewhere, Sido Jombati, Matt Bloomfield, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Steven McGinn were given starts in place of Luke O'Nien, Myles Weston, Gary Thompson and Marcus Bean.
Dayle Southwell fired wide early on for Wanderers, while former Wycombe loanee Marlon Pack shot wide from 30 yards before the visitors grabbed the crucial goal on 27 minutes. It was Scott Golbourne, another former Wanderers loanee, who whipped a low cross in from the left that Abraham controlled and turned on the far side of the box before nipping the ball low into the left corner of the Valley End net.
Michael Harriman missed a glorious chance to equalise on 36 minutes when he headed over from close range following a cross from Sam Wood. And Wanderers went on to create the better chances in the second period but were frustrated by an impressive display by visiting 'keeper Richard O'Donnell - a point blank save from Southwell being the pick of the bunch. Akinfenwa did have the ball in the net for Wanderers in the dying minutes but it was ruled out for offside, the striker lurking too deep in the six yard box after substitute Thompson's shot had been pushed away by O'Donnell.
Defeat leaves Wanderers without a win in the Football League cup since 2011 when they beat Colchester United on penalties at the First Round stage. Prior to that, you have to rewind to the Quarter-Final tie at Charlton Athletic in December 2006.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Bristol City 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: ďThe boys know the way I want to play and in the second half I thought we looked like the Championship side. No disrespect to Bristol but we had most of the game in the second half and the change in referee killed us because we were in the ascendancy at that stage. Iím really proud of all the boys. We had two debuts today in Cameron Dawson and Will De Havilland plus Dayle Southwell looks immense for me. If we play like we played tonight in the league then the goals will come. The football was good and Iím smiling and happy."
Meanwhile, Bristol City boss Lee Johnson praised Wanderers effort: "They deserved to win. Full credit to Wycombe, Iím a big fan of Gareth Ainsworth and you can see every player plays in his image. [Wycombe] worked hard, were honest and trustworthy and we can come away thinking ourselves lucky to be in round two."
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