Drab draw for uninspiring Wanderers

Bucks Free Press: Reece Styche had the game's only on target effort Reece Styche had the game's only on target effort

Wycombe Wanderers 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

WANDERERS’ search for a win goes on as they failed to break down Accrington Stanley in a dire game.

Only one shot on target was recorded throughout a match that had very little to recommend it, and does absolutely nothing to alleviate the pressure on Blues.

Boos of despair once again rang out at the final whistle despite manager Gareth Ainsworth’s gesture to fans to keep the support going.

He had targeted the last four matches as ones his side could pick up key victories against sides around them – instead they secured just two points and slipped further down the table and into trouble.

This performance was the worst of the lot against an Accrington side who themselves showed no creativity or desire to get forward, with a shot from Reece Styche that brought a top drawer save being all there was to write home about.

Pre-match exultations for a big crowd also fell on deaf ears, with fans now wondering if they will see their team win again - or even score a goal, with this being Blues’ sixth blank in front of goal in their last eight outings.

Ainsworth made three changes in a bid to arrest his side’s alarming run of form and one of the new faces, Dean Morgan – straight back in the side after six weeks out – bought himself some space before lobbing over from 40 yards after catching visiting keeper Marcus Bettinelli off his line.

Matt Bloomfield then stole possession off Dean Winnard and turned past the defender before flighting over a cross that Paris Cowan-Hall was inches away from converting at the far post.

Cowan-Hall forced a mistake from Bettinelli as he chased down a poor backpass from Winnard, which was sliced behind by the Stanley goalkeeper. The resulting corner found skipper Stuart Lewis, whose searing volley was blocked by an unwitting Peter Murphy.

It raised the noise level, which was cranked up further as Bloomfield seized on a woefully directed header from Tom Aldred and passed for Lewis, but the Blues captain got the ball stuck under his feet and the danger was cleared before he could get a shot away.

And that was as good as it got in a dire stop-start first half of football that closed without a shot on target from either side.

Two stoppages due to injuries to Accrington players in the first five minutes didn’t help the rhythm of the game, nor did a fussy referee who didn’t seem willing to allow play to continue for long enough for a chance to be created before he blew for a foul.

But once again the flair from the hosts was missing, with the ball being aimlessly hoisted forward on too many occasions and a Stanley side who never once threatened the Wanderers goal were able to comfortably deal with anything sent in the direction of their defence.

It didn’t improve much after the break as a lazy free kick from Morgan just outside the area was hit straight into the wall.

Finally a shot on target arrived as Styche received the ball from the left and curled it towards the top corner, with a flying Bettinelli producing an excellent one handed save to claw it around the post.

That proved to be Styche’s final act as he was replaced by Steven Craig in attack.

Morgan had a shot deflected wide for a corner before Accrington showed a rare moment of attacking flair to pass their way down the right wing, only for Lee Molyneux – who scored a last minute for Stanley last season – to shank way off target.

Leon Johnson was inches away from diverting a header goalwards, Josh Scowen sent a volley screaming just past the post and Bloomfield headed wide of the far post from a corner as Wanderers started to carve out half chances against a team who had long given up any hope of securing all three points.

Bloomfield, celebrating his 30th birthday, looked to have earned his side a penalty after being taken out as he burst into the area from a raking Wood pass, but the referee was unmoved at Blues’ claims.

And Wanderers had a let-off as James Gray launched a quick counter attack down the left and Piero Mingoia tapped home at the far post, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Then Stanley almost nicked it in stoppage time as Kayode Odejayi headed over from six yards.

Wanderers: Ingram, Arnold, Johnson, Doherty, Wood, Cowan-Hall (sub McClure), Lewis, Scowen, Bloomfield, Morgan, Styche (sub Craig). Substitutes not used: Horlock, Jeffrey, Kretzschmar, Stewart, Kuffour.

Attendance: 3,073

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5:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

true blue says...

Yet another drab boring game of football. No enthusiasm shown
by players or fans. Can it get any worse ? Only one shot on target in the first half, that will bring the crowds back. And after all the publicity for this
important "must win" game just over 3,000 turned up.
That says it all !!!. Thank goodness for Match of the Day when we
can watch real football being played.
Yet another drab boring game of football. No enthusiasm shown by players or fans. Can it get any worse ? Only one shot on target in the first half, that will bring the crowds back. And after all the publicity for this important "must win" game just over 3,000 turned up. That says it all !!!. Thank goodness for Match of the Day when we can watch real football being played. true blue
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

evenflo says...

Tough game in difficult conditions. Ignore the previous comment "true blue" should stick to match of the day as he knows nothing about real football.
Tough game in difficult conditions. Ignore the previous comment "true blue" should stick to match of the day as he knows nothing about real football. evenflo
  • Score: 0

11:46am Sun 9 Feb 14

true blue says...

Thank you "evenflo" obviously you are an expert on real football
that is why you watch league two football. Everyone to their own
choice. As long as you are happy watching that level good luck
to you.
Thank you "evenflo" obviously you are an expert on real football that is why you watch league two football. Everyone to their own choice. As long as you are happy watching that level good luck to you. true blue
  • Score: -3

2:18pm Sun 9 Feb 14

evenflo says...

"True Blue" Either you went to the game in which case league two football is as much your level as it is mine or you didnt and are in no position to comment on the drabness or otherwise of the game. Obviously you are no supporter of Wycombe Wanderers but I am and I do not spend my spare undermining the efforts of teams i dont watch or support be they in the premiership Oxford or Milton keynes. So "True Blue" time to "fess up".
"True Blue" Either you went to the game in which case league two football is as much your level as it is mine or you didnt and are in no position to comment on the drabness or otherwise of the game. Obviously you are no supporter of Wycombe Wanderers but I am and I do not spend my spare undermining the efforts of teams i dont watch or support be they in the premiership Oxford or Milton keynes. So "True Blue" time to "fess up". evenflo
  • Score: 1

3:56pm Sun 9 Feb 14

true blue says...

"Evenflo" nice to know you are a supporter. I have followed them for more than you can remem ber back to the Loakes Park era so don't tell me I am not a follower of lower league football !!
We are all free to make our comments as we feel and not intending to
undermine the players or management. I shall continue to follow the
team for the rest of the season so don't get upset about remarks either
positive or negative that may continue to be made. You see the game you want to and I will see it as I want to .
"Evenflo" nice to know you are a supporter. I have followed them for more than you can remem ber back to the Loakes Park era so don't tell me I am not a follower of lower league football !! We are all free to make our comments as we feel and not intending to undermine the players or management. I shall continue to follow the team for the rest of the season so don't get upset about remarks either positive or negative that may continue to be made. You see the game you want to and I will see it as I want to . true blue
  • Score: -1

4:36pm Sun 9 Feb 14

evenflo says...

"True Blue" you do not know how long i have been a supporter so how do you know how long my memory is. Yet another baseless statement grabbed fron thin air . I however have the evidence of your words. for instance you claim not to want to undermine the management and team then claim what they produce isnt "REAL" football and can it get any "worse" square that circle!. Did you attend the match yes or no?
"True Blue" you do not know how long i have been a supporter so how do you know how long my memory is. Yet another baseless statement grabbed fron thin air . I however have the evidence of your words. for instance you claim not to want to undermine the management and team then claim what they produce isnt "REAL" football and can it get any "worse" square that circle!. Did you attend the match yes or no? evenflo
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4:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

true blue says...

"Evenflo" Thank you for those kind words and yes I was at the match !!!
Time I think for this banter to finish because we are not going to get anywhere. I wish you well and trust you will put into practice all the knowledge
you appear to have on football especially WWFC. Roll on tomorrow night !!
"Evenflo" Thank you for those kind words and yes I was at the match !!! Time I think for this banter to finish because we are not going to get anywhere. I wish you well and trust you will put into practice all the knowledge you appear to have on football especially WWFC. Roll on tomorrow night !! true blue
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

evenflo says...

"true blue" you were at the match even though league two football is my "choice" not yours. Did you think Wycombe werent going to play in league two that Saturday.
You are right though to request to leave this message board i have certainly read more than enough of your "first hand experience"
I expect i shall see you at the game "rolls eyes"
"true blue" you were at the match even though league two football is my "choice" not yours. Did you think Wycombe werent going to play in league two that Saturday. You are right though to request to leave this message board i have certainly read more than enough of your "first hand experience" I expect i shall see you at the game "rolls eyes" evenflo
  • Score: 0

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