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Cambridge United 1
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 19th November 2016
Football League Two
A stoppage time strike at Cambridge United from Aaron Pierre saw Wanderers grab their first away win in the League since the 2-1 victory at Dagenham on 9th February 2016 (18 games). A 6th minute penalty, converted by Paul Hayes, had given Wanderers the lead after Pierre had been tripped. However, it looked like that elusive away victory would be put on hold again when George Maris thumped home from close range on 87 minutes to level the scores at 1-1. But it was Pierre who managed to thump the ball home, high into the left corner of the net, after the home side failed to deal with a Joe Jacobson corner from the left. Pierre's strike came in the fourth minute of the five additional minutes at the end of the second-half and sent the 400 plus Wanderers fans home happy.
Team news for the last ditch victory had seen Gareth Ainsworth stick with the same starting XI that had beaten Morecambe at Adams Park the previous Saturday. There was an unchanged bench too for Wanderers. Meanwhile, opponents Cambridge made six changes to their starting XI compared to the one that had edged through after extra-time in a FA Cup tie at Dover Athletic just two days previous.
Wanderers opener from the penalty spot stunned the home side during a first-half with minimal chances for either side. Paris Cowan-Hall went closest to extending Wycombe's lead but it was Cowan-Hall was at the centre of controversy at the end of the half when his robost challenge on Josh Coulson left the U's player needing lengthy treatment - a total of 12 additional minutes being played.
The second period saw Jamal Blackman in top form to deny substitute Uche Ikpeazu and Mark Roberts twice before finally surrendering to Maris's follow up after Ikpeazu’s shot had hit the foot of the post. However, Wanderers had the last say when Pierre lashed the ball home for an away win that was a long time coming.
The three points lifts Wycombe to 10th spot in the table, now just two points off the play-off zone. Next game for Wanderers on Tuesday, when they make the trip to a Newport County side who lifted themselves out of the relegation zone for this first time this season following a 3-0 victory at Notts County.
Full-time - Cambridge 1 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "It has been a long wait for this away league win, but to be honest we may have not deserved that today as Cambridge really put the pressure on us in the second half. They came at us and caused us all sorts of problems. They gave us a real game second half, although we edged the first half. But the worst corner we put in all day Aaron Pierre smashes into the roof of the net, the irony on it is something special."
"Jamal Blackman will play in the Premier League because of what he has done today. Everyone wants to disagree with me but his performance today in the second half was outstanding."
“The resilience was something special and we have deserved to win away from home before now but today’s game probably had a draw on it. I am just elated but I don’t want to get too high. We are on a good run at the moment but we have Newport on Tuesday night and I want to keep our feet firmly on the ground for that."
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