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York City 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 15th March 2014
Football League Two
Gareth Ainsworth apologised to the travelling support for a sub-standard performance after seeing his side lose 2-0 at a resurgent York City. Sam Togwell's debut was also marred as he contrived to get sent-off in second-half stoppage time. The Chesterfield midfielder was one of two changes in the Wycombe line-up, with Togwell coming in for Jesse Kewley-Graham and Jo Kuffour replacing the injured Matt McClure.
Wanderers' day got off to a bad start on 7 minutes when Dean Morgan (not Togwell as reported by many press outlets) felled Josh Carson in the right corner of the penalty area and Ryan Bowman beat Matt Ingram from the resulting spot-kick. It could have got worse for Wanderers but for a Keith Lowe header being ruled out for an earlier infringement. Wycombe only came to life in the closing stages of the half, with a Sam Wood ball finding Nick Arnold on the left and the resulting cross just failing to connect with Togwell thanks to great defending from Ben Davies. But Wycombe went 2-0 down from their resulting corner. Wood took it short but the hosts intercepted and broke to score through Carson whose shot from the right channel beat Ingram on the bounce despite the Wycombe 'keeper getting both hands to the ball. It was a major blow to Wycombe's chances of grabbing anything from the trip to Yorkshire and a second-half comeback never looked likely - substitute Steven Craig came closest to reducing the deficit when his shot hit the post in the 80th minute but his follow-up was one to forget. With three minutes of normal time remaining Togwell picked up a yellow card for a foul on Carson, then with the game in the fifth minute of stoppage time, the same player earnt his second yellow for a reckless challenge on former Wanderer Lewis Montrose and he will now be suspended for the trip to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday 18th March.
Wycombe remain 20th in the table following the defeat at Bootham Crescent but the gap to the bottom two is now three points following Northampton's home draw with Mansfield. Bottom side Torquay look to be slipping away after a 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham.
Full-time - York 2 Wycombe 0
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth was particularly unhappy after conceeding the second goal, saying, "It’s a goal I still can’t believe we conceded, from our own corner. It’s compounded everything and left us with a mountain to climb. It’s a sloppy goal to concede, with a counter attack – the number of times they countered on our own corners, I’m very unhappy with that. It was a sloppy, sloppy corner from us. There were some unrecognisable players out there. Hopefully it was a one-off." He went on to say sorry for the supporters who had made the trek north, "I apologise to the fans who made the journey, because that wasn’t up to standard for me.” He added: “It’s not good enough. The onslaught we took in the first five minutes of the game finally told with them getting the penalty. Whether it was a penalty or not, they were camped in our half for five minutes. I wasn’t happy with the way we started the game. Second half we battled hard and managed to keep it 0-0 but we should have done that first half. I had a lot of unrecognisable players today – not the standards I have set and not the standards they have set, and they’ll be disappointed with the performance. They won’t be getting off with that one lightly – I’ll be telling people just what I think of where they went wrong. First thing is I have to get a DVD to watch and I’m not looking forward to that.” The result leaves Wanderers three points above the drop zone and Ainsworth said: “We are lucky results have gone for us – no one in the bottom half won except Cheltenham. I want to look at this first and see where we went wrong and telling people why and what for.”
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