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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Notts County 2
Tuesday 15th December 2015
Football League Two
Wanderers irregular home form continued following a 2-2 draw with ten-man Notts County at Adams Park. Wycombe remain 10th in the table but will look back on this game as an opportunity missed to end a winless run of games at Adams Park stretching back to 29th September.
With the previous Saturday's game at Accrington postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, this was Wanderers' first outing since the FA Cup tie at Millwall on Saturday 5th December. Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that had beaten The Lions - Joe Jacobson returning early from his injury to replace Sido Jombati who was reported to have missed the game due to 'personal reasons'. There was another start for Aaron Amadi-Holloway, with Garry Thompson remaining on the bench. Brentford loanee Jermaine Udumaga was also named a substitute for the first time in favour of Ryan Sellers.
On a drizzly evening and skiddy surface, the visitors took a 9th minute lead when a reckless challenge from Anthony Stewart felled Adam Campbell in the Wycombe box and Jon Stead dispatched the resulting spot-kick past Matt Ingram. Stewart and then Aarron Pierre both headed over inside the opening 15 minutes following corners swung in by the returning Joe Jacobson. Matt Bloomfield also saw a great chance beaten away by Roy Carroll in the County goal on 35 minutes, as Wycombe looked to level.
The game looked to have swung in Wanderers favour in the minutes leading up to the break. First on 39 minutes Liam Noble was shown a red card for an off the ball clash with Luke O'Nein - the Assistant Referee flagging the incident missed by the referee and most people in the stadium. Then on 44 minutes a delightful ball out to the left wing from Paul Hayes found Sam Wood who then delivered a cross on the run that was glanced home into the far right corner of the net by the head of Michael Harriman.
Wycombe flew out in the second-half but were caught out with a sucker punch goal on 48 minutes - a low cross from the left being turned home by Campbell. Wanderers responded with Harriman lashing a ball over the bar on 58 minutes before the equaliser arrived on 62 minutes - Wood's floated cross from the left channel seeing Amadi-Holloway nod the ball over Carroll from 8 yards.
Wycombe looked favourites to win at that stage but the closest they came was a Wood effort from the edge of the 'D' on 72 minutes that Carroll palmed away. Meanwhile, County continued to look a threat on the break, Alan Sheehan trying his luck from just over the half-way line on 83 minutes but Ingram recovered to grab the ball on the line. Then in the fourth minute of stoppage time Graham Burke tried his luck with a curling effort from around 25 yards but Ingram saved again.
Full-time - Wycombe 2 Notts County 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We didnít play with enough quality and experience at times and were a bit naÔve against 10 men. If we made a couple of better decisions at key points I think we would have got all three points tonight but we will settle for one. The two goals we scored were from crosses which is good and we should have worked that out quicker. I wanted to get the wide players in the game early on and wasnít working, but it did against ten men."
Commenting on Wanderers' home form which has seen his side fail to win in the last five at Adams Park, he added: "We'll keep working, we're not getting beat which is good, there's plenty that can't stop losing at home. We're not one of them, we're always in the game, we've got chances right up to the end. It will come, I'm not concerned at all." Wanderers continue their busy December and New Year programme with home games against Oxford United, Crawley Town and Morecambe, plus a trip to Luton Town on Boxing Day. The Wycombe boss was content with their current standing in the table, adding: "Where we are is a good position at the moment. I'm well pleased with the first half, we've got a big Christmas period now. We're still in touch with these play-offs, which people think we should automatically be in for some reason, but we keep driving on. It's another point towards the total which is great."
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