Tag Archives: League Cup

Ainsworth Pre Luton Town

I caught up with Gareth Ainsworth ahead of the Luton Town game at Adams Park. It’s been a busy week and we spoke about The Hatters, set pieces, Fred Onyedinma, Charlie Fox and the Carabao Cup draw:

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Can Ainsworth secure a first ever Wycombe win over Luton at Adams Park? 

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Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Forest Green Rovers (4-3 on pens)

Wycombe Wanderers progressed into the third round of the League Cup for only the second time in their history after a penalty shoot-out victory over Forest Green Rovers at Adams Park.

With the score tied at 2-2 after ninety minutes, The Chairboys had to hold their nerve from the spot for the second round in succession. After the game, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth spoke of the financial importance of a cup run for the club:

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Scott Kashket opens the scoring 

 

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Chairboys Sneak Through On Penalties

Wycombe Wanderers snuck past League 2 Northampton Town 7-6 on penalties to progress into the second round of the League Cup for the first time in seven years.

The match was tied at 1-1 after 90 very entertaining minutes in which the Chairboys looked to be fluffing their lines in front of goal again. The breakthrough came ten minutes into the second half with a well worked move being emphatically headed home by Randell Williams and the home side visibly grew in confidence.

However, The Cobblers stuck to their guns and forced their way back into the tie with a late leveller from substitute Sam Hoskins which came shortly after Wycombe goalkeeper, Yves Ma-Kalambay, had saved a penalty.

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The big keeper was the hero again in the shoot out, keeping out Jordan Turnbulls penalty  which allowed Adam El-Abd to slam home the winner in front of a sparse Adams Park crowd.

After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

If, like Gareth, you would like to know who Wycombe could face in the second round, here are the numbers for the Southern section of the draw which takes place on Thursday evening.

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Millwall 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0

Going into last nights game without a League Cup win (over 90 minutes) since the quarter final victory over Charlton Athletic in 2006, Wycombe looked to have their work cut out against ‘Championship’ Millwall.  However, despite the narrow defeat there were many positives to take from the performance and a chance at the lottery of extra time and penalties would not have flattered The Chairboys.  

Millwall stalwarts Alan Dunne and David Forde had to be at their best to keep Wycombe at bay but even against ten men for the final thirty minutes the decisive cutting edge wasn’t there. The performance of Sido Jombati was the highlight, making several important tackles and always willing to get forward, he looks to be an excellent signing already.  Jacobson and Murphy continue to grow into their roles well whilst Paul Hayes again showed some good touches.  The first sighting of Aaron Holloway in a Wycombe shirt was also a plus point with the young Welshman a real nuisance after his introduction in the second half.  

After reading the excellent Family: Life, Death and Football by Michael Calvin, I was really looking forward to my first visit to The New Den and I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s a great club and in Ian Holloway I think they have the right man in charge, it was also admirable to see six of their academy graduates on the bench.  

Here is my brief match report for BBC Three Counties closely followed by the post match thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth

 

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