Date:Wednesday July 20 2011
Wycombe Wanderers 0 Crystal Palace 0
The Blues held their own in a fairly entertaining goalless draw at Adams Park tonight.
Playing some neat football, but without a cutting-edge, Wycombe had to rely on Gareth Ainsworth to forge their two chances of note during the first half.
After 17 minutes, the veteran winger ghosted past his marker and surged goalwards before firing a fierce 20 yard shot narrowly over the crossbar with the Palace keeper beaten.
Five minutes later, Ainsworth broke free on the right once again and sent a tantalising ball across the face of goal with no-one in position to apply the finishing touch.
At the other end, Nikki Bull made a crucial reaction save to keep out a Palace header, and full-back Marvin McCoy made a last-ditch tackle to prevent what looked like a certain goal for the visitors.
Wycombe started the second-half brightly and worked the Palace keeper twice during the opening ten minutes.
Joel Grant's fierce shot was turned round the post, and a fine move involving McCoy and Bloomfield ended with Scott Donnelly's spectacular effort being tipped over the crossbar.
Stuart Beavon almost grabbed the winner after 75 minutes when he met a Danny Foster cross and directed a header narrowly past the post.
At the other end, Bull saved the day for Wycombe when he found himself in a one-on-one with a Palace forward and kept the ball out with his legs.
Youngsters Kadeem Harris and Jordan Ibe both lifted the crowd with impressive cameo performances, Ibe's fearless running at the Palace defence eliciting the biggest cheer of the night. It looks like we have a real prospect on our hands.
Bull, McCoy (Foster 60), Winfield (Johnson 45),Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (Bloomfield 45), Harding (Donnelly 45), Lewis (Halls 60), Grant (Harris 60), Betsy (Ibe 68), Strevens (Beavon 60).
Date:Wednesday July 20 2011
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