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Mansfield Town 0
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Saturday 31st October 2015
Football League Two
Wycombe ended their winless run of five games with another now trademark away win - this time a 2-0 victory at Mansfield Town. Matt Ingram returned to the side in the only change to the side that had drawn with Carlisle the previous week and the Wanderers 'keeper pulled off another string of top class saves that left the home following stunned yet again.
Last season's 0-0 draw at Field Mill had also seen Ingram deny the home side. This season, Wycombe survived some early home pressure before taking an 8th minute lead when Paul Hayes whipped the ball down the right wing for Michael Harriman who crossed to the far past where Garry Thompson nodded the ball back across the face of the goal for Luke O'Nein to nod in from close range. Ingram's outstanding save this time around came a minute into the second-half when he reacted to push away a Lee Collins' header following a corner from the right.
Wycombe's efforts were mainly confined to break-aways with Ingram and his defence continuing to frustrate the home following. As Wanderers continued to hold onto to their lead, there was a worrying sight when Hayes limped off on 82 minutes to be replaced by Gozi Ugwu. However, Wycombe's 4th win on the road this season was sealed during four minutes of stoppage time. Wanderers won a corner on the right but in their efforts to waste time, lost possession and Mansfiled cleared up field. However, Wycombe returned the ball down the centre where Matt Bloomfield whipped the ball across from the left for fellow substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway to rifle the ball home from the right side of the box and into the bottom right corner of the net.
Wycombe are now 9th in the table with 25 points from their opening 15 games. Plymouth head the table with 35 points from 16 games but Wanderers are just three points behind 3rd placed Portsmouth with a game in hand. Wycombe now take a break from League action for three weeks. The next game is the FA Cup tie at Halifax on Sunday 8th November.
Full-time - Mansfield 0 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth first heaped praise on the travelling support for his side: "I had to go over to the fans at the end. They never stopped singing all game and I'm sure the Mansfield supporters will agree. Our fans have played a huge part in that win. On the back of a tough run, it's hard but we still give our all. Some people are very active and quick to jump on you when you lose, but the fans were brilliant and we need more like that."
Commenting on the performance of his team, he added: "I can't pick a man of the match. We're back to what we are with energy like you wouldn't believe. We knew where Mansfield's threats would come from and we dealt with it. Sam Wood and Michael Harriman are running on empty after the job they've done stopping their attacks down the wings. It was Jason McCarthy's first win for us and he put in a really good performance. Aaron Pierre was back to his best. It was a great goal for Aaron Amadi-Holloway, and Luke's passed a fitness test to come through for us and get his goal. We put Marcus Bean in the hole in front of the defence and he did so well. We were well worth the win. The quality can get a touch better but this is League 2 football; we're not Man City and we're not going to rip teams apart with 20-pass moves. We've come through a sticky patch and this is big for us. We're a small squad punching above our weight, but with those fans behind us, I'm a happy man and I feel we're back on track."
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