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Friday 2nd September 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Mike Williamson - scored equaliser versus Northampton Wanderers had to settle for a point for the third consecutive game after a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Adams Park. Once again Wanderers dominated for large spells of the game but it was the visitors who took the lead on 31 minutes when a 25 yard plus effort from David Hunt left Frank Talia having nightmares after the Wycombe 'keeper could only help the ball into the net. Sergio Torres was introduced at the start of the second-half and was immediately in the spotlight when he was the victim of a horror tackle from Cobblers defender Pedj Bojic who was given a straight red card by referee Clive Penton. Wanderers eventually made their possession count on 58 minutes when Danny Senda's free-kick from the right was headed home by Mike Williamson at the far corner of the six yard box. Wycombe then went searching for a winner with the best chance falling to Nathan Tyson on 66 minutes but the deadline day story maker could only shoot straight at Lee Harper in the Cobblers goal.
The match with the Cobblers saw John Gorman make one change from the line-up that had drawn with Shrewsbury and Cheltenham over the holiday weekend - Joe Burnell returning in midfield in favour of Rob Lee. Kevin Betsy and Stefan Oakes could have given Wycombe the lead within the opening 15 minutes, while Tommy Mooney saw a 20th minute shot from the left blocked at the near post when a goal looked on the cards. Hunt's goal just after the half hour mark came as Talia misjudged Hunt's low dipping shot and the ball skirmed through his hands and into the back of the Valley End net.
The goal gave a largely defensive Northampton side something to cling to and when Bojic was red carded for his rash and poorely timed challenge on Torres, they put even more players behind the ball. Williamson's headed equalised was reward again for Wycombe's determination but with 22 shots at goal compared to Northampton's single effort throughout the 90 minutes, it was no less than Wycombe deserved. Wanderers remain unbeaten but drop to fourth in the table and slipped to fifth following Saturday's results.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Northampton Town 1
Wycombe Manager John Gorman said on BBC Three Counties Radio after the game that the luck was not going Wycombe's way despite playing some great football. He added "We are unbeaten everygame but we are disappointed because we've had too many draws after playing so well every game. Tonight we were much better than we were against Cheltenham. There was a zip about us." The Wycombe boss was frustrated with Northampton's tactics of playing one up front, commenting "It is because it is happening every game. Home and away it seems like but I don't know we are not supposed to be the favourites, I thought Northampton were?" He continued "They might have had a couple of injuries but so have we. I would never go away from home and play like that. I would always try and attack and win the game but they got a goal and they are delighted to get a draw." Gorman praised the Wycombe fans for getting behind the team and concluded "We played some great football tonight, it's just a pity that we didn't put the icing on the cake with the winning goal."
Northampton boss Colin Calderwood was pleased his side got a point, commenting to Cobblers World after the game "We are delighted to get a point. Playing the second half with ten men and them scoring after about an hour, left us with a half hour of real nervousness." Calderwood was annoyed that his side had conceeded from a free-kick, adding "Overall they had the majority of the possession but it was our use of the ball that led to it being given back too easily." Calderwood concluded "I'm not embarrassed with the point, I thought we deserved it. There's a lot I like about them and there's a lot to like about us." Asked about the red card incident, the Cobblers boss said "Pedj has made a rash decision to go for the ball. There was probably no need and he has got to slow himself down before. It looks a decision that could be a sending off but was there real intent, was there real mallice and was he looking to endanger an opponent? I don't really think so. But the nature and the way Pedj made the tackle leaves himself very open."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Easton, Johnson, Williamson, Betsy, Burnell (sub 88 Dixon), Oakes, Stonebridge (sub HT Torres), Tyson, Mooney - subs not used: Williams, Martin, Lee
Bookings: Johnson (dissent 15), Senda (foul 73)
Scorers: Williamson (58)
Northampton: Harper, Crowe, Chambers, Dyche, Bojic, Taylor, Hunt (sub 77 Galbraith), Rowson (sub 54 Low), Johnson, Jess (sub 70 Brett Johnson), McGleish - subs not used Bunn, Cross
Bookings: Rowson (foul 20) - Bojic (red card 47 dangerous play)
Scorers: Hunt (31)
Referee: Mr Clive Pention Attendance: Att:- 5,650 (928 away end)
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