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Saturday 15th October 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers came within nine minutes of recording their first away League victory of the 2016/17 season - conceeding a controversial equaliser on 81 minutes as they drew 1-1 at Mansfield Town after Matt Bloomfield had fired Wycombe into a 23rd minute lead.
Gareth Ainsworth and some his team claimed that Danny Rowe had been pushed in the build-up to Town's goal. Meanwhile, a later incident, where Dominic Gape was adjudged to have fouled while charging towards goal, tipped the Wanderers' Management team over the edge, with both Ainsworth and Assistant Barry Richardson needing to be restrained from approaching the match officials at the final whistle.
The draw at Field Mill came after the Wycombe boss made two changes from the side that had lost at Yeovil the previous week - Adebayo Aknifenwa and Matt Bloomfield coming in for Sam Wood and Garry Thompson. Myles Weston also returned on the bench having missed much of the season through injury. The result sees Wanderers remain 16th in the table after 13 games.
Full-time - Mansfield 1 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "There was a blatant push (on Danny Rowe) and foul for their goal. And I disagree with the decision for the free kick that led to the goal. But unless referees get professional in Leagues One and Two, Leagues One and Two will not have a true reflection of every game. That is no slight on anyone. Just please get them professional because we are all professionals. That is my honest opinion. Our fans have spent a lot of money to come up here today and so I am pleased we got something out of the game for them today. We could have come away with nothing. But I am gutted for them and the players that it was not a win.”
“I am so proud of the players. We played all of the good stuff in the first half and a lot of it in the second half. [Mansfield] were very route one. They went very big and long into us. I don’t think I have played against a taller team in my career. They had some big lads out there. We did fantastic, scored a super goal and created good chances."
“There was a bit of a panic at the end and we couldn’t get out of our own half. There was free kick after free kick coming back at us. But we ground out a result and that is fantastic. I am really pleased for the boys and the fans."
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