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Report: Crawley 0-0 Wycombe

29 August 2015

Wanderers continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Crawley Town.

In the first ever Football League meeting between the two sides, Aaron Amadi-Holloway had the best chance of the first-half when Freddie Woodman denied him from close range, while Matt Ingram made a series of smart saves after the break to maintain the deadlock.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to his starting line – one enforced and one by choice – with Paul Hayes missing out through injury and Janoi Donacien dropping to the bench, which meant Jason Banton and Amadi-Holloway were both handed starts as Michael Harriman switched to right-back and Sido Jombati partnered Aaron Pierre in the centre of defence.

Town had the best sight of goal early on when Stephen McGinn was dispossessed in midfield and the hosts broke forward outnumbering the defence, only for Lewis Young’s first touch to force him wide and his low cross was collected by Matt Ingram.

At the other end, Jason Banton worked the ball forward well before Garry Thompson whipped in an inviting cross which was met by Sam Wood at full stretch, but the attacker’s effort bounced just wide with the keeper beaten.

There were few chances of note as the half wore on, with Wood doing well to block Roarie Deacon’s powerfully hit free-kick before Matt Ingram got down well to save Lewis Young’s low shot.

The best chance of the half fell to Amadi-Holloway when keeper Freddie Woodman parried Garry Thompson’s shot into his path, but the striker couldn’t get enough on his effort and Woodman got up quickly to save the rebound.

The keeper found himself in no-mans-land just before the interval when Joe Jacobson whipped a free-kick into the area and Amadi-Holloway couldn’t get enough on his header to glance it between the posts.

Wanderers began the second period brightly and Amadi-Holloway was just beaten to a through-ball by Jon Ashton before the striker’s shot from Banton’s pass was saved by Woodman.

At the other end, Michael Harriman blocked a goalbound header before Matt Ingram did superbly to tip away Simon Walton’s clever shot on the turn, and further chances came when Christian Scales shot straight at Ingram before Banton raced on to Marcus Bean’s through-ball but saw his effort cleared from the six-yard box.

Ingram was called upon again to deny Gwion Edwards when the Welshman wriggled away from Sido Jombati on the left-hand side of the box, and Garry Thompson hammered a chance narrowly wide when Joe Jacobson’s corner found him unmarked towards the edge of the box.

As the game approached stoppage time, Roarie Deacon stayed onside to go through one-on-one with Matt Ingram but was denied by the keeper’s right boot, and Ingram was able to celebrate a fourth clean sheet in five games with a well-earned point when the final whistle sounded.

Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Jacobson, Jombati, Pierre, Bean, McGinn, Banton, Wood, Thompson, Amadi-Holloway.

Unused subs: Lynch, Donacien, Sellers, Bloomfield, Kretzschmar, O’Nien.

Crawley: Woodman, McNerney (Rooney 39), Scales, Bradley, Ashton, Edwards, Walton, Smith, Young, Deacon, Harrold.

Unused subs: Preston, Bawling, Henderson, Barnard.

Referee: Mr Lee Swabey

Attendance: 2,466 (748 from Wycombe)

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