Wycombe Wanderers vs ASFC

League Two
vs
08/02/2014
Score: 0 - 0

Match Report

Accrington Stanley extended their unbeaten run to four games with a goalless draw away at Wycombe.

James Beattie named an unchanged side from the Morecambe game which was abandoned last weekend.

The hosts started brightly with Dean Morgan spotting Marcus Bettinelli off his line and tried to chip the goalkeeper from 40 yards but his effort was well off-target and sailed into the stands.

They threatened again as Matt Bloomfield whipped in a dangerous cross that just evaded the sliding Paris Cowan-Hall at the far post.

Reece Styche was the first player to find himself in the referee’s notebook as he was cautioned for a foul on Stanley skipper Luke Joyce.

The Reds were defending doggedly with Joyce and Piero Mingoia throwing themselves in the way of Wycombe shots. Like previous away trips, Stanley were soaking up the pressure well.

Kayode Odejayi was booked on the half hour mark after leaving his foot in during a challenge with the home goalkeeper, Matt Ingram.

The hosts ought to have taken the lead then Bloomfield broke into the area but his control let him down and Dean Winnard was able to clear before the lively Styche had an opportunity to pounce on the loose ball.

The travelling Stanley fans were treated to the sight of Lee Molyneux back in a red shirt as he came on to replace Kal Naismith after 37 minutes.

After a turgid and goalless first half, the second period began with James Beattie making a slight tweak to his side with Molyneux and Mingoia swapping wings to allow the loanee to play on his stronger side.

Styche forced Bettinelli into a brilliant, full-stretch save as his shot on the turn from 25 yards looked destined for the top corner. The goalkeeper managed to get a fingertip on the ball to turn it behind.

Bowerman might have taken on a shot when he found himself in space near the angle of the penalty area but the forward instead decided to clip a cross in that was easy for the Wycombe goalkeeper to claim.

The Reds looked to hit the Chairboys on the counter-attack and almost executed it to perfection when Murphy slid Mingoia away down the right. His cutback found Molyneux but the shot did not match the build-up with the ball ending high in the stand.

Stanley thought they had the lead in the 83rd minute when Laurence Wilson’s shot-come-cross was put into the net via the post from Piero Mingoia but the referee’s assistant adjudged the winger to be offside to the dismay of the away contingent.

With two minutes of injury time added on, it was still Beattie’s men who looked the most likely to steal the win but Odejayi headed Wilson’s cross over the bar in the last action of the game as both sides had to settle for a point.

Stanley: Bettinelli; Hunt, Aldred, Winnard, Wilson; Naismith (Molyneux 38), Murphy, Joyce, Mingoia; Odejayi, Bowerman (Gray 61).

Subs not used: Liddle, Webber, Hatfield, Windass, Atkinson

Report by Sam Robinson

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