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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Friday 22nd July 2016
Wanderers continued their pre-season preparations with a fairly subdued goalless draw with QPR at a sunbathed Friday evening at Adams Park.
Gareth Ainsworth continued to experiment with a number of trailists, including further run-outs for 'keepers Scott Brown and Nik Tzanev, plus central defender Will De Havilland. Ade Akinfenwa made his home debut for Wanderers but was replaced at the break by Garry Thompson.
Meanwhile, Rangers included former Wanderer Matt Ingram in goal and it was Ingram who prevented Wycombe snatching victory when he kept out a fierce 2nd half effort from Sam Wood. Former 'R', Marcus Bean, also went close in the second period when his shot clip the top of the cross-bar.
The visitors best chances came when a Nasser El Khayati saw a shot cleared off the line by former Ranger Michael Harriman. Dutchamn, El Khayati, almost grabbed a winner late on when his attempt from the half-way was inches away from embarassing Tzanev in the Wycombe goal.
The game saw injury concerns for both Aaron Pierre and Paris Cowan-Hall. Pierre took a knock during the first-half and was eventually replaced by trialist De Havilland. The 21 year old central defender was released by Sheffield Wednesday in the summer but has yet to make a senior competitive appearance.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 QPR 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We more than held our own, although it's pre-season, so you can't take too much out of it. There were no points on show but plenty of pride. We played some really good stuff and showed two different sides to our game. It opened my eyes on some players, and the experienced boys played up to what I think they can do. We've got a strong squad with a multitude of options, and on Tuesday we'll change it around again, and those who didn't get many minutes tonight will do. It's exciting for me. I'm liking what I see, and I'm quietly confident that with our best team out, we can compete in League Two."
On the injury to Aaron Pierre, Ainsworth commented: "It was a whack, which are never that serious. Twists and breaks are serious. It's an impact one, so he's icing up. He tried to carry on through it, which was probably a decent sign. He kept saying five minutes, and said it was a dead leg, which is something you can play on with or come off if it tightens up too much. It was a tough one for Aaron, but we made the decision to take him off and not risk him further. We want to make sure he's right for the important games. He's a big player for us, and we'll make sure he's right for when we need him."
Meanwhile, on the injury to Paris Cowan-Hall, he added:"Paris is another who came off, which was more precautionary, as you don't want to take a chance on players at this stage of the season."
The match also saw former Wanderers employee, turned Comedian, Henning Wehn, take over the Club's Twitter feed for the evening. Wehn worked for the Club back in 2002 in the Sales and Marketing department. It was during a comedy night in The Centre Spot, featuring Kevin Day, Paul Foot, that Wehn thought 'I could do that'. Commenting after the QPR game, he said: "Thanks so much to the club for letting me loose on their twitter. I hope I haven't brought it into disrepute. The team certainly didn't." Before closing off with: "Great news is I now have Wycombe's internet access details. That might come in handy when completely hammered one night."
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