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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Newport County 2
Tuesday 20th October 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers dropped to 10th place in the 'League Two' table after slumping to their third successive league defeat following a 2-0 reverse at home to bottom side Newport County.
The Welsh side, managed by former Plymouth Manager John Sheridan, grabbed their victory via a 62nd minute own-goal from Marcus Bean who could do little to avoid being hit by Michael Harriman's clearance. The visitors sealed only their second League win of the season with an 89th minute goal from Scott Boden who ran onto a long clearance down the left flank before slamming the ball past Matt Ingram.
The result was body blow for Wanderers who continued to lack the characteristic spark of recent times. Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had lost at Stevenage at the weekend - Harriman returning to the side at right-back, with Sido Jomabti moving into central defence alongside McCarthy. It was later confirmed that Aaron Pierre had been dropped to the bench as a 'punishment' for arriving late for the pre-match team meeting. Up front it was a return to the three man attack - Aaron Amadi-Holloway playing alongside Garry Thompson and Gozie Ugwu - Matt Bloomfield relegated to the bench to make way for the 4-3-3 system. Meanwhile, the visitors included Aston Villa loanee Janoi Donacien in defence. The 21 year old made two appearances for Wanderers ealier in the season.
On a frustrating evening for Wanderers, the best chances in the first-half saw Max Kretzschmar have a free-kick from the left channel pushed wide on 27 minutes, while Donacien blocked another Kretzschmar effort three minutes later. County responed by forcing three corners in quick succession, the second of which from the right on 37 minutes saw Wanderers just force the ball wide of the left hand post. Then on the stroke of half-time Thompson rifled in a low shot from the right corner of the box that was pushed away at the near post.
With the game still goalless as the game headed towards the hour mark, there was a welcome return for Paul Hayes as he replaced Ugwu. Wanderers best move of the followed shortly afterwards with a flury of passes ending with Joe Jacobson seeing his shot form the left of the box shut out. The winning goal came after County delivered a free-kick from close to the right-hand corner flag to the far side of the Wycombe penalty area. McCarthy misqueued his clearance and as the ball was driven back across the face of the goal from the right, Harriman cleared at the far post into the path of Bean and the ball nestled in the back of the Wycombe net.
It was one of those evenings where Wanderers never looked like scoring and that was summed up in the final mimute of normal time when a Wanderers attack broke down and County 'keeper Day cleared long where McCarthy's stretched header fell into the path of Boden who drilled the ball ahead of a challenge from Sido Jombati.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Newport County 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "There was no spark, we have come to expect a bit of energy and it just didnít feel like that tonight. Nobody was willing to take the mantle on and take the game to the opposition. The first half was a real non event and we defended okay but going forward we didnít look like doing anything. We didnít play any balls into feet or in behind, so going forward it was neither one thing nor the other which is really poor." This was the first time Wanderers had lost three games on the spin since Ainsworth took over the managerial reigns in September 2012. He added: "This is the same group of players that were doing so well at the start of the season so they can do it. We will sit down and speak to the lads. You donít want to train them too much because they have had two tough games."
Meanwhile, explaining the decision to drop Aaron Pierre, Ainsworh said; "It will be my decision over the next few days if he makes it back into the team or not. He was late for the tactical team meeting before the game, and not just a bit late but very late and wasnít involved for that reason. We take our culture and discipline here very seriously. My Work ethic and discipline are very high and the players have to behave in a professional manner as well."
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