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Report: Wycombe 2-2 Accrington

17 March 2015

Wycombe had to settle for a point against Accrington in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Adams Park, with Sam Wood and Alfie Mawson on target.

Wood headed the hosts into a deserved lead but they switched off to allow Terry Gornell an equaliser and then Piero Mingoia stunned the home crowd with a crisp strike after the break.

But Mawson’s deflected effort put the Wanderers back on the rails and they pressed hard for a winner which ultimately eluded them.

Gareth Ainsworth kept faith with the same starting XI that defeated Shrewsbury at the weekend, with Sido Jombati and Hogan Ephraim absent again through injury and illness respectively.

Terry Gornell headed a difficult chance wide in the game’s first opening before Wycombe began to impose themselves on the visitors and Sam Saunders fired wide from distance before Paul Hayes’ effort from inside the box went a yard over the bar.

Then Scott Davies made a smart save down to his left to deny Matt Bloomfield at the end of a fine flowing move, before Stanley grew into the game and caused problems over their own, seeing Josh Windass drive wide and putting a number of dangerous crosses into the box.

But the hosts wrestled back control and earned their opener, although it could have been any one of three players who stuck the ball away. Fred Onyedinma was released one-on-one but saw his shot blocked by the onrushing Scott Davies, only for the ball to land at the feet of Matt Bloomfield. His cross was hooked goalwards by Paul Hayes but bounced into the path of Sam Wood, who nodded home for the second game in succession to break the deadlock.

There were further sights of goal when Davies got down to save from Joe Jacobson and Sam Saunders in quick succession, but Wycombe paid the price for switching off just before the break and allowed Stanley a way back into the game.

The lively Piero Mingoia was given too much space down the right and his low cross found Terry Gornell who tapped home the equaliser in first-half stoppage time, undoing the hard work that had seen the Chairboys take the lead.

The second half started with both sides displaying some sloppy passing and it led to an end-to-end game, although the Blues generally held the upper hand with Stanley looking to cause havoc on the counter.

Sam Saunders came agonisingly close with a sumptuous free-kick on 57 minutes which bounced off the inside of the post, leaving the keeper flat-footed and watching on as it landed safely.

And then came the sucker punch as Stanley took the lead on the hour-mark, as a cross from the left landed at the feet of Mingoia who fired a rocket of a shot past the helpless Matt Ingram.

Gareth Ainsworth responded with a double substitution, bringing Peter Murphy and Aaron Holloway into the fray in place of Matt Bloomfield and Fred Onyedinma, and within eight minutes, the hosts were level thanks to centre back Alfie Mawson.

The ball landed at his feet from Sam Saunders’ free-kick and he showed great composure to take a touch before seeing his shot take a deflection and loop into the top corner.

Then a dramatic turnaround could have been complete within 60 seconds when Aaron Holloway chested down into the path of Sam Wood, but his right-footed shot from the edge of the box flew just wide.

The equaliser sparked a frantic final 20 minutes, with Mawson’s fierce volley seemingly destined for the top corner before being blocked, and then Aaron Pierre surged through the defence but couldn’t generate enough power on his shot.

But Stanley held on for a hard-fought point as the Blues rued their missed chances and extended their unwanted winless sequence in home league midweek fixtures.

Fortunately they have better fortunes away from home on Tuesdays and next week’s trip to Luton is set up nicely in the battle for promotion.

Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Mawson, Pierre, Saunders, Bean, Bloomfield (Murphy 64), Wood, Hayes, Onyedinma (Holloway 64).

Unused subs: Lynch, Rowe, Fletcher, Craig.

Accrington: Davies, Jones (Conneely 90), Atkinson, Winnard, Mingoia, Naismith, Joyce, Windass, Crooks, Gornell, Maguire (Whitehead 75).

Unused subs: Liddle, McCartan, Hunt, Gilchrist, Bruna, Whitehead.

Attendance:  2,621 (31 from Accrington)

Referee: Mr S Martin

Winning 50/50 Draw Number: 142645
Prize Money: £557.00

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