Keeper In­gram aim­ing to stay in the pink

WY­COMBE WAND

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MATT In­gram reck­ons he is sit­ting pretty in pink as Wy­combe’s keeper, writes Adam Jones.

The Chairboys glove­man dons the same colour ev­ery game, and while the vivid check­ered strip has sparked plenty of de­bate, In­gram in­sists it is a mind game in its own right.

“The idea be­hind it is to make me look big­ger,” the keeper ex­plained. “The brighter it is the big­ger I look, par­tic­u­larly when strik­ers are bear­ing down on goal.”

Un­for­tu­nately it did not work on Tues­day night when Wy­combe’s run of nine un­beaten games came to an end in a 2-1 de­feat at Ex­eter.

But de­spite the re­verse, Wan­der­ers held on to top spot by virtue of goal dif­fer­ence – tes­ta­ment to their keeper and a great de­fen­sive record.

“To be hon­est, I think it’s the whole team,” said In­gram. “The gaffer has got us play­ing a cer­tain way out of pos­ses­sion, from the front we de­fend well.”

In one re­spect, the de­feat at St James’s Park came as some­thing of a re­lief to man­ager Gareth Ainsworth, who said: “It has been a heck of a run but it has come to an end now, so peo­ple can stop ask­ing me about how far it can go.

“We have put in a mam­moth ef­fort and the lads looked a lit­tle bit leggy. Although we had one of our poorer per­for­mances, we cre­ated some re­ally good chances, and that is the pos­i­tive for me.”

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