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Crawley Town 0
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 29th August 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 League Two campaign following a 0-0 draw at Crawley Town. However, Wycombe had 'keeper Matt Ingram to thank for a string saves to keep the home side at bay in the first ever Football League meeting between the two sides.
Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth drop loan signing Janoi Donacien to the bench and Paul Hayes rested due to injury. That meant a first start for Jason Banton, while Aaron Amadi-Holloway returned to the starting XI with Michael Harriman moving to right-back and Sido Jombati partnering Aaron Pierre in the centre of defence. During a week where the news of Anthony Stewart's long term injury was revealed, the game also came too early for a return for the injured Danny Rowe. Meanwhile, the visitors included former Wanderer Matt Harrold playing up front.
A minute's silence preceeded the kick-off for the victims of the Shoreham air crash that took place seven days previous the game. The crowd then witnessed a fairly uneventful first-half where the best chances for Wanderers came when Sam Wood shot wide at full stretch from Garry Thompson's cross on ten minutes, while Amadi-Holloway couldn't quite convert a rebound from a Thompson shot, eight minutes before the break. Meanwhile, the home side had their opening on 28 minutes when Lewis Young saw a low shot from the right channel saved at the near post by Ingram.
The second period was a more lively affair, with Ingram showing his class again with saves from Simon Walton, Gwion Edwards and late one-on-one block from Roarie Deacon to keep a clean sheet for the fourth time in five League outings this season. Wycombe had chances too with Marcus Bean breaking down the right wing on 65 minutes before his sweeping cross to the opposite edge of the box saw Banton's curling shot saved with relative ease by Newcastle United loanee Freedie Woodman in the home goal. Wycombe's best chance to steal the points came just before Deacon's effort when Thompson flashed a shot just wide of the left hand upright on 86 minutes.
The draw at Crawley left Wanderers in third spot in League Two, with 11 points from their opening five games. Leyton Orient remained top with a 100% record from their opening five games. Plymouth Argyle were third on 12 points.
Full-time - Crawley 0 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We have only conceded one goal all season which speaks volumes for the boys. Iím delighted to still be unbeaten, thatís fantastic. Itís good to have only conceded one in the Football League all season. I think we are the lowest conceding team which is something to be very proud of. We have a fantastic keeper and the back four which has changed again stayed solid. There were a couple of breakaways which I wasnít happy about and we have been better at set plays and going forward but all in all I would take a point away from home any time."
Commenting on the performance of 'keeper Matt Ingram, Ainsworth added: "Matt is an imposing figure and I keep going on about him. He will play at the top level one day, I am sure about that and itís great to have him at Wycombe Wanderers. Iím really pleased with the defensive display. We had a couple of whisker (away) chances but so did they. Iím not going to take anything away from Crawley. I think they deserved a point as much as we did. But it is probably a better point for the team away from home."
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