‘It was the cru­ellest twist of fate’

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MAR­CUS Bean de­scribed Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ penalty shootout agony was the cru­ellest twist of fate the club could have been dealt, writes Tom Moore.

The Chair­boys missed out on pro­mo­tion at Wem­b­ley as Matt Bloom­field and Sam Wood missed from the spot against Southend United.

Stal­wart Bloom­field is known as ‘Mr Wy­combe’ af­ter years of ser­vice while Wood’s all-ac­tion style of play is im­mensely popular with the fans.

But it was that pair’s fail­ure to score from 12 yards that ul­ti­mately de­nied the Chair­boys League One foot­ball and the squad, nat­u­rally, tried to lift their spir­its in the dress­ing room.

Bean said: “They’re key in­te­gral parts of the club. Bloom­field is Mr Wy­combe and Woody is not far be­hind him. I thought they were bril­liant to­day. It was the cru­ellest twist of fate. You get dealt th­ese cards some­times. It’s how it hap­pens, but we’ll go again.”

While the sea­son ended in dis­ap­point­ment for Wy­combe, it also marked clear progress from a team who looked set to be

SHOOT-OUT AGONY: Mar­cus Bean tus­sles with Southend’s Stephen McLaugh­lin rel­e­gated the sea­son be­fore.

And Bean be­lieves the fans will savour pro­mo­tion sooner rather than later. He added: “I think the club has done a full u-turn. To be nearly

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