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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Plymouth Argyle 2
Saturday 12th September 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers unbeaten start to the 2015/16 campaign came to an end as they lost 2-1 at home to 3rd placed Plymouth Argyle. The result will come as small revenge for Wycombe's Play-Off victory over The Pilgrims at the end of the 2014/15 season and sees the West Country side move up to 2nd spot in the table a point behind Leyton Orient, with Gareth Ainsworth's side now in 4th, a point adfrift of both Plymouth and 3rd placed Portsmouth.
The defeat against The Pilgrims came following a kick-off bizzarely delayed for six minutes when Argyle Manager Derek Adams complained about protruding GPS devices attached to the back of the Wycombe players. Wycombe were forced to produce a FA letter to confirm the exceptance of the equipment before the match could start. Meanwhile, team news for Wycombe had seen new signing Gozie Ugwu giving his debut in a front line missing the injured Paul Hayes. In defence, Aaron Pierre returned from international duty with Grenada to partner Danny Rowe, with Villa loanee Janoi Donacien dropping to the bench.
When proceeding finally got underway it was former Wanderers loanee Reuben Reid who was credited in giving Argyle the lead on 4 minutes when he side footed the ball home at the far post right via Michael Harriman's leg after Wanderers failed to deal with a corner from the left.
But Wycombe responded well and levelled on 12 minutes when Joe Jacobson's corner was headed back across the dangerzone by Pierre for former Pilgrim Jason Banton to smash into the roof of the Valley End net for his first goal in a Wycombe shirt. Wanderers could have then taken the lead on 26 minutes when Harriman's low cross was struck onto the right hand upright by Luke O'Nein.
But in an end to end game, Argyle regained the lead on 31 minutes after Pierre gave away a needless free kick on the right flank. The resulting deadball was driven in low only for Pierre's clearance to cannon back into the goal off Jake Jervis. It was another scrappy goal but Wycombe should have been level on the stroke of half-time when debutant Ugwu saw his effort saved and then Pierre and Banton contrived to miss the follow-up.
In a scrappy second-half, Wycombe came closest to a second equaliser when Garry Thomson powered through down the left channel on 53 minutes before seeing his curled shot strike the right-hand post. That chance after Danny Rowe had took a whack to the head and lay needing treatment. The central defender was in the wars again later in the half with Aaron Amadi-Holloway introduced as replacement as Gareth Ainsworth shuffled his back-line around again on a frustrating day for Wanderers.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Plymouth 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I can't fault the players efforts. We have had a brilliant start to the season, we just have to take a step back and look at where the Club stands in this division. If only those posts where a couple of inches wider we would have had a few today, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. It's disappointing that we have lost but we now have a big game against Orient to bounce back with. It will be a real David and Goliath Game but I'm looking forward to facing one of the favourites to win the league."
The Wycombe boss added: "Everyone knows we play a high energy game and Plymouth came to match that. There was a lack of quality in our play in some areas today which we havenít seen but I canít grumble. In the games weíve played its been apparent that we have got some good players and some good quality in the team, it just deserted us at times today and it didnít drop for us in the right areas but you have got to make your own luck and it that final third we just want to get a little better at defending set plays. Weíve still had a great start to the season, you only have to look at the league table to see that."
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