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Wycombe Wanderers 1
Yeovil Town 1
Saturday 14th January 2017
Football League Two
In a game of two penalties, Wanderers had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Adams Park. Sido Jombati's trip on Francois Zoko on 20 minutes saw Kevin Dawson send Jamal Blackman the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick. However, six minutes later Wycombe were level after Alex Lacey took Paris Cowan-Hall's legs away on the left side of the Yeovil box and Joe Jacobson did a similar job as Dawson from the spot. Despite the draw, Wanderers remain 5th in the table, with 42 points, five points off third placed Carlisle, with a game in hand. Wycombe take on 6th place Luton Town at home next Saturday (21st January).
Team news for Wanderers had seen Gareth Ainsworth make one change to the side that had inched past Stourbridge in the FA Cup the previous weekend - Myles Weston coming into the forward line in place of Scott Kashket who was still recovering from a slight knock, while Sam Wood replaced the injured Matt Bloomfield in midfield. Elsewhere, Max Muller was included on the bench for the first time in a Football League match.
Although generally conceeded that the draw was a fair result, Wycombe had the better chances, with newly signed Dominic Gape seeing a 30 yarder strike the underside of the crossbar on 17 minutes before the ball came down and was cleared by the visitors defence.
The match was proceeded by a minutes applause for former England, Watford and Aston Villa Manager Graham Taylor who had died aged 72 in the week leading up to the game. Taylor's passing also coinceded with the week that Wanderers' Club President of more than 50 years, Monty Seymour, died at the amazing age of 102. A tribute for Monty will proceed Wanderers home match with Luton Town on Saturday 21st January 2017.
There was an injury scare for Wanderers on 53 minutes when Anthony Stewart fell awkardly on his head and needed prolonged treatment and assessment of his condition before being allowed to continue - albeit until the 65th minute when he was replaced by Will De Havilland.
Another incident in the 61st minute also had the Wycombe bench in a panic. Blackman grappled with Nathan Smith in the penalty, the Yeovil player going down as if he had been shot. With the visiting fans calling for a red card, Wanderers veteran substitute 'keeper Barry Richardson starting warming-up. Thankfully the referee saw sense and came to the compromise of showing a yellow card to both players.
Full-time - Wycombe 1 Yeovil 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "I'm never happy with a point at home but I'm happy enough with what I've seen. We just lacked a little quality today. We didn't punish them when we had the chance to. We've had a busy run of games & there may have been some tired legs."
"Hard work and togetherness is the secret of this unbeaten run. Tactics play some part but if you recruit right and get in players who are going to work hard for you then you can get a good team spirit and credit to my staff too. I am really happy with the way things are going."
"I thought in the first half the chances were there and we had a couple in the second half through Luke O'Nien and Bayo (Akinfenwa) but we just didn't get the rub of the green with our chances. I thought both penalty decisions were correct, although Sido says he got the ball. Yeovil are a good side & were happy with a point."
"It has been a long week and their were probably some tired legs out there as well as tired minds. They will be right back on it next Saturday and we shut Yeovil out fantastically well."
"Anthony [Stewart] is ok. It's not concussion but he just had a sore neck. Will [De Havilland] did really well when he came on."
"We just didn't have the quality we needed in the final third. We got into good positions time and again but couldn't find a finish. We had good chances but tended to head straight at their keeper or send a shot wide and it just didn't happen for us. In recent weeks we've put our chances away and the goals have gone in and that was the difference. We didn't punish Yeovil when we had the chance but that is football sometimes, you can't win every game."
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