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Ingram revels in 'spine-tingling' moment

Keeper overjoyed to play his part at Sunderland.

19 November 2018

Matt Ingram says it was almost a 'fairytale' story to pull on the gloves for Wycombe Wanderers once again and come close to a thrilling victory at the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old returned to his hometown club last week on an emergency loan deal from QPR following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, and was thrust into the thick of the action for the trip to title favourites Sunderland on Saturday.

He was five minutes away from keeping a clean sheet before Josh Maja cancelled out Fred Onyedinma's opener, but Ingram then ensured the Chairboys would leave with a point, making a fine save from Max Power in stoppage time.

"It was like a dream come true to come back and play in this game," he said afterwards. "I found out on Wednesday that Rocky (Ryan Allsop) had unfortunately got injured and it was a no-brainer for me when I was asked to come back on loan.

"Playing in front of 30,000 fans was fantastic but you could hear the Wycombe fans above all the noise that Sunderland were making; it was tremendous support and it was spine-tingling to hear them singing my name again."

Ingram had only taken part in one training session with the Blues on Thursday before travelling north on Friday, but played his part in a confident, professional performance from the visitors which saw them fully deserve at least a point.

"We had a game plan and stuck to it - I didn't actually have a lot to do!

"It's just disappointing that it wasn't a fairytale 1-0 win with a clean sheet, but I think if you'd offered us a 1-1 draw beforehand we'd have taken it."

With Allsop and Ma-Kalambay still several weeks away from returning from injury, boss Gareth Ainsworth will need to rely on a series of seven-day emergency loans to fill the position in the meantime, and Ingram says he'd be more than happy to deputise once again if Wycombe and QPR reach an agreement.

"Personally I'd love to stay until the lads are back from injury, but the decision is out of my hands. What will be, will be."


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