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Carlisle United 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 24th September 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Carlisle United and dropped to 21st spot in the table after a solitary goal from Shaun Miller on 57 minutes was enough to keep The Cumbrians unbeaten run in the League intact.
But Wycombe followers and Manager Gareth Ainsworth were bemoaning their bad luck after seeing Matt Bloomfield and debutant Scott Kashket see chances hit the woodwork, while a late penalty claim for a trip on Dominic Gape, added to the frustration on the longest trip of the season. The defeat came after team news for Wanderers saw Adebayo Akinfenwa in for Dayle Southwell who the Club reported on the day as 'sustaining an injury in training on Thursday'.
The visitors bagged their winning goal when they broke down the left channel, before Miller angled the ball past Jamal Blackman from around 15 yards. Meanwhile, Wanderers' best chances came in the 40th minute when a long throw from the left from Michael Harriman eventually fell to Bloomfield, whose shot on the turn struck the left hand post. Paul Hayes then saw the follow-up saved but he had already been flagged for offside. Kashket, a second-half substitute, saw his left footed effort hit the left-hand upright on 81 minutes. Gape's claim for a penalty came a few minutes later and incensed Manager Ainsworth on the day that marked four years since he took charge of Wycombe.
Full-time - Carlisle 1 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We deserved something today and are not getting the rub of the green. I cannot for the life of me believe he has not given a penalty with eight minutes to go. It is a definite trip on Dominic Gape and he is adamant he has been tripped. Why hasnít he booked him if he thinks he has dived? It is just a shambles at the end there from my point of view, but my point of view doesnít count it is the ref on the pitch and he has got to give something. I believe my player. It is Dominic Gapeís second or third game and he is through on goal, he is going to have a shot he is not going to go down. If there is a clip it is a penalty even if the Carlisle player hasnít meant it.Ē
"The goal is sloppy and there is an error in there which I keep within the dressing room and we will put right. We have some young boys in the team who are going to make errors, but we canít keep doing it at times like that and it has cost us.Ē
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