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Report: Exeter 1-1 Wycombe

Read the report from St James Park.

10 February 2018

Just like London buses, Marcus Bean made it two goals in two games as he earned Wycombe a point in a 1-1 draw at Exeter City after Lloyd James’ first half opener at St James Park.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change to his starting XI with the fit again Tafari Moore coming in for the suspended Luke O’Nien with Dominic Gape slotting in for him in centre midfield.

It was Exeter who were quickest out the traps, perhaps not surprising as they were far more used to the less than perfect surface at St James Park. Liam McAlinden played in an early cross but there was no team mate to meet it with less than a minute played.

They did take the lead with just over ten minutes later however as City had a free-kick out on the left wing.  Lloyd James struck it into the corridor of uncertainty between defence and keeper, nobody touched it and it nestled inside the far post after one bounce.

Wanderers suffered an injury blow on 15 minutes as they lost Dan Scarr, who was replaced by fellow centre half, Nathan McGinley.

Wycombe were making life hard for themselves, attempting to pass it along the defence on a bobbly surface and a change of approach was needed. Dominic Gape did manage to dink a cross to the back post but Dean Moxey did well to put his body between himself and Adebayo Akinfenwa to see it out for a goal kick.

Wycombe were beginning to grab hold of the game as it approached the half-hour mark. Matt Bloomfield found Paris Cowan-Hall on the right wing, passed it back to Moore, he cut inside, crossed on his left foot, but Nathan Tyson miscued his header wide.

City went down to ten temporarily just before the half as Jordan Storey went off with a facial wound after an aerial challenge with Akinfenwa, he was eventually replaced by Craig Woodman and Exeter held on until the half, with Wanderers at that point yet to test Christy Pym in the Grecians goal.

Half-time: Exeter 1-0 Wycombe

It was the Chairboys who came flying out of the traps in the second period as they showed great energy and pressure and pushed City back.

With the half three minutes old, Joe Jacobson delivered in from the left with both Bean and Bayo both trying to get shots away. It then fell to Paris who drilled it low, and the keeper held.

Wanderers' early pressure paid off and it was that man again, Marcus Bean, who drew his side level. Bloomfield turned well and tried to tee up Paris in the box, it went loose for Bean and he made it two in two.

Not content with a point, Wycombe went straight on the hunt for another, and it nearly fell for Bean once more just before the hour mark, but Exeter scrambled it clear as the away support rubbed their eyes.

On the hour mark there was an important interception from McGinley as McAlinden drove forward with the game becoming very much an end-to-end affair. Akinfenwa then reached a deep free-kick and looped a header just over the bar with the game finely poised going into the last 25 minutes.

Tyson as he has all season looked dangerous on the counter, and a few shirt pulls were all Exeter had in their locker to stop him. The forward found a yard and cut in on 66’ put couldn’t find enough power on the shot to beat Pym.

Tyson was involved again shortly after as Scott Brown's huge kick missed everyone, which Tyson then ran onto but couldn't quite control it to create a shooting chance.

Ainsworth rolled the dice by bringing on fresh legs in the front three in the form of Mackail-Smith for Cowan-Hall. It was from a dead-ball where Wycombe had their next chance although Jacobson could only hit the wall from 25-yards out.

Then with 10 minutes to go Wanderers had a let-off as City crossed in, El-Abd's header fell at the feet of sub Ryan Harley, but McGinley rushed across to block.

Freeman was introduced to the play for Tyson with time ticking away as the Chairboys faithful tried to roar their boys to victory. Bayo waltzed past a couple on 85’ but his shot was blocked.

Exeter’s hopes of winning this one were hampered when having made all their subs, Pierce Sweeney went down with a groin injury. The full-back bravely carried on, but saw out the remaining minutes in a forward position as heading was all he could do at this point.

After seeing a total of 14 minutes added time in their last two games, it was surprising to see just three minutes raised at the end of this one. Time did indeed run out, but Wycombe had claimed a very good point after a much improved second half.

Attendance: 3,956 (336 Wycombe)


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