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Report: Wycombe 2-2 Notts County

15 December 2015

Wycombe twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw against 10 man Notts County in Sky Bet League 2 this evening.

Michael Harriman’s sixth goal of the season and an Aaron Amadi-Holloway header cancelled out a Jon Stead penalty and an Adam Campbell goal for County, who had Liam Noble sent off in the first half.

The Blues made one change from the side that were victorious at Millwall in the FA Cup, with the returning Joe Jacobson filling in for Sido Jombati, who missed the match for personal reasons.

The first opportunity fell to Notts County and their former Blackburn forward Jon Stead after 5 minutes, who turned his man in the box but his shot was blocked by a covering defender. From the resulting corner County midfielder Curtis Thompson steered an effort narrowly wide of Matt Ingram’s goal.

County kept up the early pressure on the Blues’ defence, and took the lead from the penalty spot on 8 minutes. Izale McLeod bore down on Ingram’s goal after breaking clear on the right wing. He cut inside where the arriving Adam Campbell was brought down by Anthony Stewart. Stead stepped up to fire a shot past Ingram’s despairing dive and make it 1-0.

Wycombe came back strongly and two quick-fire chances landed on the head of Aaron Pierre, as the centre back fired two Jacobson corners off target, the second of which he will be disappointed to miss the target with.

The game remained fairly even until in the 39th minute when Notts County made it more difficult for themselves as midfielder Liam Noble was sent off. A clash off the ball with Luke O’Nien was missed by everyone in the press box but not the referee who, after a brief conversation with his linesman, flourished the red card and brought an end to Noble’s evening.

The red card invigorated the home crowd and the Chairboys went on the attack. A jinking run by Anthony Stewart led to him firing harmlessly over before the Blues were level on 44 after great play from Sam Wood and skipper Paul Hayes.

Stewart’s ball over the top of the County defence freed Hayes down the left, who broke the offside trap to cross to the arriving Harriman, who nodded a header past former Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll into the bottom corner.

The Blues were on top and didn’t really want half time to arrive, but they started slowly in the second half, as they did in the first, and it was the Magpies who retook the lead.

Rob Milsom picked the ball up on the left on 47, and his low cross found Adam Campbell, who arrived on to the ball to toe-poke it past Ingram into the far corner and give the 10 men the advantage.

The Blues struggled to get a real foothold in the game as they attempted to get back on level terms. A Harriman effort was sliced over on 58 and Pierre planted another header over on 60, but the Chairboys did find a way back into the game just a minute later after another neat move.

Wood found some space on the left and his floated cross was met by Amadi-Holloway, who rose to nod a header over the advancing Carroll and into the roof of the net to bring the score back to 2-2.

The Blues were in the ascendency at this stage, and looked the more likely side to go in front. Jacobson fired a free kick just over on 66 before Hayes teed up Wood who struck a shot from 20 yards which was tipped over the bar by Carroll.

But both sides failed to make many clear openings in the final 20 minutes as the game petered out. Notts centre half Alan Sheehan tested Ingram from the halfway line, but his Beckham-esque attempt didn’t have the same effect as the Blues keeper back peddled to save comfortably on the line.

The Blues pick up a point when the opportunity was there to take all three, but will now look to improve ahead of the visit of nearby Oxford on Saturday.

Line up: Ingram, McCarthy, Stewart, Pierre, Jacobson, Harriman, Bloomfield, O’Nien (McGinn 84), Wood, Hayes, Amadi-Holloway (Thompson 84)
Subs: Lynch, McGinn, Thompson, Kretzschmar, Rowe, Ugwu, Udumaga

Attendance: 2,886 Away: 142

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