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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Colchester United 2
Saturday 27th August 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers' indifferent start to the 2016/17 campaign continued with a lacklustre 2-0 home defeat to old rivals Colchester United. The visitors netted the crucial goals during the second-half, with Chris Porter scoring on 63 minutes and Sammie Szmodics wrapping the points up on 82 minutes as Wanderers failed to respond.
Team news for the day had seen Joe Jacobson forced out with a midweek training injury, while Nick Freeman was dropped to the bench as Sam Wood and Dayle Southwell returned to the starting XI.
The match also saw Wanderers pick up a six booking haul, starting with a 39th minute yellow card for Garry Thompson, six minutes before the break when he opted to dive at the end of a mazey run into the left side of the box, rather than attempt a shot. In full view of the referee, it was an easy decision for the official. Earlier, Wycombe's best chance of the half came on 16 minutes when Aaron Pierre head wide of the right-hand upright from Rowe's cross.
The opening goal came after a flighted pass from midfield by the visitors was headed down the right channel for Szmodics to cross back across the face of the goal, where Porter slid in to score from six yards. The result was wrapped up with eight minutes of normal time remaining when Szmodics rifled home from the edge of the box after Wanderers again failed to deal with the long pass into the box. Defeat to Colchester left Wanderers 19th in the table after five games.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Colchester 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I am disappointed. The second half was not good enough, it is another second half where we have dropped our standards. I am hoping [it is blip]. I know it is not the end of the world, it is football game, but I know it means a lot to a lot of people, so I am hurting and will hurt tonight. The players are disappointed, it is tough for the fans to take on derby day to lose 2-0. All I can say is I will work my hardest to put things right and that is a promise to everyone.Ē
"I thought the referee wasnít good. I think Thommo going through was a booking and I thought he dived. That is not nice to see. The one in the second half is a handball and the one in the first half is handball as well. I think a couple lost their heads, but two of the cards were quite weak. I think Sido was lucky to stay on the pitch though, so it evens itself up. Weíre going to have to look into this. Itís not a fitness thing, itís got to be a mental thing where we are switching off."
ďWe defended well for 70 minutes, they defended well for 90 minutes, and thatís probably the difference. Again though, sights of goal were quite rare. The players are disappointed. Itís tough for the fans to take on derby day. Weíre going to work hard and all I can do is say Iíll work my hardest to put it right - thatís my promise."
Ainsworth also commented on the post match incident between Wycombe players and fans in the Valley End, adding: "I will speak to the players and see what is said. They are passionate boys and they will be devastated. They would really have wanted to win this one for Wycombe and unfortunately it has gone the other way. I have seen players engage with big numbers of fans, I used to do it, win lose or draw. It depends what was said and what comes out of that [if it is a good thing to do]."
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