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Report: Blues 2-2 Villa

20 July 2013

Wycombe held Premier League Aston Villa to a 2-2 draw after twice taking the lead in an entertaining first half at Adams Park.

Ingram (Horlock 79), McCoy (Arnold 71), Dunne, Stewart (Fletcher 79), Johnson (Hause HT), Cowan-Hall, Lewis, Spring (Kewley-Graham 71), Wood (Kuffour 57), Pittman (Kretzschmar 57), Morgan (Morias 79). Wanderers:

Villa were reduced to 10 men when Jordan Bowery left the field with an injury, with Villa having used all their subs, but any attacking impetus was hard to come by in the closing stages as both sides settled for the draw.

Max Kretzschmar came close to a dream goal when Jo Kuffour wriggled away from a couple of challenges before teeing up the substitute midfielder, but keeper Jed Steer dived to his left to produce a smart save to keep the scores level.

Villa made 10 subs on the hour-mark, with only Graham Burke remaining on the pitch having replaced the injured Andi Weimann in the first half, and it induced a lull in the match with neither side troubling the goalkeepers.

The goalscorer was replaced at half-time with Kortney Hause partnering Anthony Stewart at the back, but neither could do anything about Ashley Westwood’s free-kick which levelled the scores on 52 minutes, beating Ingram at his near post with a well-placed shot.

However, parity didn’t last long as Wanderers capitalised on poor marking at the other end to allow Leon Johnson to nod home. Matt Spring’s corner was flicked on at the near post by Pittman and Johnson escaped his man to restore the hosts’ lead.

But they switched off from Leandro Bacuna’s delivery into the box on 24 minutes which allowed Matt Lowton to head home from an unmarked position, finding the bottom-right corner of Matt Ingram’s net.

Wycombe were matching Paul Lambert’s men with impressive style, restricting their sights of goal and feeding the ball regularly into the creative feet of Paris Cowan-Hall and Jon-Paul Pittman.

The opening goal came from the unlikeliest of sources when Marvin McCoy – without a goal in competitive professional football – sent a deep cross which sailed over the head of keeper Brad Guzan and into the net on 12 minutes.

There was a bright start to the game - and not just from Wanderers’ striking new yellow and orange change kit – as Villa forced a couple of early corners, spurred on by a superb vocal following in the Dreams Stand.

Wanderers face two more friendlies this week against Burnham and Oxford City before the league season begins in a fortnight’s time against Morecambe.

Ashley Westwood pulled the scores level soon after the interval but there were to be no more goals as the game petered out into a draw.

Marvin McCoy’s fortuitous opener was cancelled out by a free header from his opposite number Matt Lowton, but Leon Johnson edged the hosts in front with a close-range header of his own.
Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; El Ahmadi, Westwood; Carruthers, Bacuna, Grealish; Weimann (Burke 27). Villa:
Steer; Donacien, Herd, Baker, Webb; Gardner, Delph, Sylla, Gardner, Delph; Burke, Johnson.Villa (from 60 mins):

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