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Northampton Town 1
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 20th February 2016
Football League Two
Former Oxford United forward Danny Rose struck the only goal of the game as an injury hit Wanderers side went down 1-0 at leaders Northampton Town. It was a 9th straight league victory for the Cobblers - setting a club record - and extending their lead at the top of 'League Two' to 10 points with 15 games remaining. For Wanderers they are now back down to 8th but still only six points adrift of third placed Oxford United.
Defeat at Sixfields came after Gareth Ainsworth was forced into changes after Aaron Pierre and Paris Cowan-Hall were ruled out through injury. Anthony Stewart returned to perform with credit in defence and and assisted by the also recalled Sido Jombati.
The winning goal came on 63 minutes after Ricky Holmes got the better of Sam Wood down the right flank and the resulting cross was side-footed past Ryan Allsop by Rose. However, Wycombe had chances to level, with Stewart seeing a long range daisy cutter produce a great save from home 'keeper Alan Smith. While in stoppage time, late Wanderers sub Ryan Sellers saw a shot from a Jombati cross go just wide of the post.
Next game for Wanderers, the visit of Bristol Rovers on Saturday (27th February 2016).
Full-time - Northampton 1 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We were huge underdogs, as we know, but to see the Wycombe fans in their numbers see my boys giving absolutely everything out there against a top who side have just broken the record for wins in the league [was pleasing]. Thatís brilliant and the day belongs to [Northampton] but Iím proud of my boys as well." He added: "There wasnít much in the game Ė a little bit of magic. Iím disappointed with the goal because it was an overload for them which weíve been working on in training. But Ricky Holmes is a great player and a match-winner on his day. Heís produced some more magic to win the game and heís a great player."
The Wycombe continued to underplay his side's aim for the season, explaining: "Weíll push ourselves off and get going again. Weíre still in the hunt, which is crazy because thatís never been the aim for us. People know what weíre aiming for and thatís 61 points. So to see us where we are, see those fans and see my players giving everything, Iím proud of my team."
Ainsworth also explained the state of his injury hit squad: "Weíre down to the bare bones but we are bare bones anyway. Weíve got two on loan. Danny Rowe is coming back without a doubt and heíll bolster us for the last few games of the season. But he desperately needs games. Aaron Holloway was desperately unhappy and it was unfair keep him here when he was so down and not playing. So heís gone and got games at Oldham Athletic. So it is bare bones but itís no panic. Garry Thompson is back after one more game and Aaron Pierre will be back very shortly. Itís a dead leg and weíll assess Paris (Cowan-Hall) this week and see where he is. Iím pleased. We always work with tight numbers. On the edge, thatís Wycombe Wanderers and thatís all we can afford to be."
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