Blues lose out to the Glovers
Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Vital wycombe would like to thank guest writer Dale Jenkins for the following report.
Ten man Wycombe Wanderers lost 2-0 away at Yeovil Town this evening in the Southern Section quarter-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Gareth Ainsworth indicated that his main priority for the season is League position by introducing McCoy, Spring, Morias, Kewley-Graham and Azeez to the starting line up. They replaced Johnson, Lewis, Scowen, Grant and McClure.
The hosts started on the front foot, with Byron Webster heading wide of the mark when he really should have hit the target. Wycombe were struggling to get their foot on the ball, and with the hosts dominating possession, James Hayter missed a great chance, flicking his header wide.
The Blues were showing little in attack aside from a drilled effort by Morias from range, and they faced a setback when Azeez pulled his hamstring and had to be replaced by McClure after 22 minutes.
With 27 minutes gone the game changed. A 50-50 challenge in midfield saw Matt Spring raise his foot and the referee award a free kick. To everyone`s amazement referee Gavin Ward immediately brandished a red card. The referee obviously thought Spring`s studs were raised, but from my view even a yellow card would have been harsh and there was certainly no injury caused or any intent from the midfielder. I could do with a second look, and I might be biased, but on the face of it the challenge was innocuous and it seemed a totally unnecessary decision that ruined the game as a spectacle.
The linesman on the near side in front of the Wycombe fans was also turning in an interesting performance. After missing a series of offside calls beforehand, a suspiciously offside-looking Ed Upson headed home from 6 yards after 32 minutes and the goal was allowed to stand.
Yeovil poured forward in search of another, and after a couple of close shaves, the crucial second goal arrived. Sam Wood was beaten far too easily to a header at the far post, and the ball fell kindly for Sam Foley to knock it home from close range. It was a killer blow right on half time but you could see it coming.
Kortney Hause replaced Morias in a half time reshuffle, but Yeovil continued to enjoy the vast majority of the ball in the second period and had a number of further efforts on goal, although none seriously tested Jordan Archer.
It took far too long to see some attacking ambition from Wycombe, despite having the predicament of having ten men. Finally, Morgan forced Stech into a fine low save following good hold up play by McClure. After 70 minutes Andrade apparently decided he was going to turn up to this game. At long last, he found himself in regular possession, beating his full back and drawing fouls. Not that the near-side linesman was spotting many, including one stonewall penalty that was ignored by both referee and assistant. When the linesman finally did see a foul on Andrade, it drew a standing ovation from the 94 travelling supporters.
Wycombe had one final chance as McClure smashed the crossbar after more sterling work from Andrade, but it was too little too late and the damage had long since been done.
Andrade and Morgan are luxury players. Both have played well recently, but it was a shame that it took well over an hour for Andrade to turn up tonight, as he seemed the one player truly capable of giving the Yeovil defence some serious danger. Morgan didn`t really turn up at all.
Sam Wood had a bit of a nightmare at left back with some dreadful positioning, but improved in midfield. Charles Dunne had another good game and is improving all the time, but Marvin McCoy looked woefully off the pace at the right back. Matt Spring will surely not be playing another game for Wycombe unless injuries or suspension dictate it.
Although the red card did make this a difficult game and stretch an already weakened midfield, it was only really the last fifteen minutes that Wycombe showed any attacking impetus at all. This was a big disappointment as it was only Yeovil that we were playing, although our record makes them look like a nigh on unbeatable outfit and this fact is getting pretty embarrassing now. The League campaign is of most vital importance, but this was an opportunity passed by.
Ratings: Archer 6, McCoy 4, Winfield 6, Dunne 7, Wood 4 (Ehui n/a), Andrade 6, Kewley Graham 5, Spring 3, Morias 5 (Hause 5), Morgan 5, Azeez n/a (McClure 6)