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Exeter City 4
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Football League Two
Wanderers' 12 game unbeaten run in the League came to an end with a 4-2 reverse at an in-form Exeter City. Wycombe drop to 7th in the table (43 points), while Exeter leap up to 4th spot (45 points).
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made a staggering seven changes to the starting XI that had suffered heart-break at Spurs the previous Saturday. Pierre, Stewart, Wood and O'Nein moved to the bench. In came Harriman, De Havilland, Muller (for his League debut), Bean, Saunders, Weston and Thompson. New loanee signing Alex Jakubiak was named on the bench. The starting XI also contained eight different names to the one that had started the previous League game at home to Luton on Saturday 21st January.
The Grecians took the lead in the 19th minute when David Wheeler converted at the near post from a Jack Stacey cross. The hosts had chances to extend their lead but Wanderers levelled on 38 minutes when Garry Thompson smashed home a Sam Saunders cross at the back post.
But it was two goals in as many second-half minutes that saw the game go away from Wanderers. Troy Brown and then former Wanderer Joel Grant converted on 65 and 67 minutes following some wayward defending from Wycombe.
Debutant Jakubiak gave Wycombe some hope of a miracle comeback with a goal on 89 minutes but Ollie Watkins scored in stoppage time for the home side as Wanderers committed more players forward.
Full-time - Exeter 4 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "Exeter deserved to win. Hands up, we werenít good tonight. We didnít do anything that we have been doing in recent weeks and it was a horrible game and we got beat up a little bit by an Exeter team, who in recent times we have had a lot of success against. It was a total contrast to Saturday and we just simply werenít at it.Ē
ďAaron and Anthony have played game after game together. We had to rest Anthony for Mansfield as he has been struggling and Saturday took a lot out of both of them. We have to look after JJ [Joe Jacobson] too and Bayo [Akinfenwa] and Paul Hayes were carrying knocks so I thought the changes were justified and I donít want to lose players through injury as we have had that before. I wanted to give a bit of freshness to the team and it didnít work how I hoped and we didnít create too much."
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