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JJ: It had everything

The Chairboys captain reflected on Saturday's last-minute drama.

13 December 2021

Saturday’s point was sealed by a last-minute penalty from Joe Jacobson, ending a game that could have gone either way.

Following the game, JJ spoke to Phil Catchpole about the afternoon and how he ended up being the one stepping up to take the penalty.

"It had everything! The only thing that it probably lacked from us was a bit of quality at the right times.

"We seem to have had quite a few last minute penalties over the years and I’m always going to put myself forward to take them - today, I really wanted it - it went in and we were able to get the point in the end.

"I think Jason just gave me the ball and that was it, everyone just let me go and take it. They all say they want one and in training, it’s easy to go and take one, but in matches, people sometimes don’t want it."

JJ's penalty came after Adebayo Akinfenwa pulled off an audacious lob in the 74th minute to draw level with Wimbledon in the first instance.

"What a wonderful goal that Bayo scored - such a Bayo goal as well - shrugging people off, controlling it and then a great finish."

It was an up and down game for Wycombe, who created a number of opportunities after conceding early on, but despite those chances, the Chairboys captain believed a draw was fair.

"It’s a bit disappointing that we didn’t get the next goal because we were in total control in the second half. I think in the first half, we weren’t at the races and we were a little bit sloppy - we got into the right areas but we were just sloppy with our final balls and passing. In the end, did we do enough to get the win? Maybe, maybe not. We didn’t take our chances, so I think a draw is a fair result."

And it was a dramatic end to get that draw, with JJ's penalty awarded in the 96th minute, much to the delight of a packed terrace.

"When they scored the goal, I didn’t even know how long we had left, I just said to the boys to keep going, we don’t give up. There’s been a lot of times that we come back into games and score last minute winners, especially here, especially in front of the terrace. We just needed that chance and we got it. We’ll take the point and move on.

"You saw the last penalty I took in front of away fans - we know how that went! It seems to be positive when we attack that way, as the fans suck us into the net a little bit. The Gaffer said at half time to use the fans and the energy that they bring. It’s not a nice feeling as an away team when you’ve got a team in ascendancy, attacking towards fans behind the goal and when the ball goes out for a corner or a throw in, that can certainly be a little bit intimidating!"

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