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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Luton Town 1
Friday 26th December 2014
Football League Two
Wanderers slipped down to 2nd place in 'League Two' following a 1-1 draw with Luton Town at Adams Park on Boxing Day. The day started with Wycombe top and The Hatters 2nd but the stalemate allowed Shrewsbury Town to take over at the top of the table on goal difference following their victory at Oxford United.
Team news for Wanderers saw Danny Rowe return to the Wanderers midfield, as Gareth Ainsworth (also returning to he bench after his sickness bug) made changes to accomodate an injury to striker Matt McClure.
The biggest gate of the season at Adams Park saw Paris Cowan-Hall give Wycombe the lead in the 2nd minute when his downward header following a corner from the right from Joe Jacobson bounced up into the top left corner of the net to silence the sizeable travelling support for the Bedfordshore club. However, the visiting fans were celebrating on 10 minutes when Jonathan Smith took the ball on his chest, following a partially cleared cross from the right, before firing a shot past Matt Ingram.
The remainder of the game proved an even affair with both sides having opportunities to take the points. Later in the first-half Andy Drury flighted a free-kick from 25 yards over the Valley End end cross bar. While in the second period Rooney saw a shot deflected wide at the near post. Luton came closest on 55 minutes when Ingram pulled off a superb reflex save to deny Drury after The Hatters had broke down the left wing. Meanwhile, Wanderers had a glorious chance to snatch the winner on 75 minutes when Paul Hayes fired wide of the left hand upright from six yards when a goal looked certain. The chance came after Alfie Mawson flighted the ball from inside his own half down the right wing for Cowan-Hall to head into the box, where a rapid exchange between Peter Murphy and Matt Bloomfield, then saw Josh Scowen thread the ball to Sam Wood, whose side-footed pass found a marginally onside Hayes who brought groans from the home support as stroked the ball wide of the target.
The result means that Wanderers have failed to beat The Hatters in ten attempts at Adams Park in League and Cup games, dating back to the first competitive meeting in September 1996.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Luton Town 1
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "We're more than happy with our performance. The lads dug deep, we're a small squad, a real tight squad. I've had lads out there feeling under the weather and they've come through leaps and bounds. I'm so proud of that performance today." He went on to add: "One minute you want to win the game, the next you're happy with a point, then you want to win it, then you're happy with a point. It was a crazy game. The chances were decent for both sides and anyone could have won it, but no team deserved to lose today. It was two momentous efforts by [all the] players out on that pitch. It was a great advert for a derby game, top of the table in League Two on Boxing Day. I told them how proud I am of them but don't get carried away. We've got a game in two days and we've got to recover for it. To compete with one of the big boys like we have done out there has shown what we are all about. I've seen Luton take some teams apart this year really convincingly. They will win many games - I consider that a good point and maybe we could have had a bit more as well."
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