CHAIRBOYS’ DISAPPOINTING DRAW GARETH Ainsworth admitted it was a disappointing ending to an otherwise pleasing day as Wycombe Wanderers were denied three points at the death by AFC Wimbledon.
The Chairboys looked to have victory sewn up after on-loan Southampton defender Jason McCarthy bundled home the first goal of his professional career.
However, Wimbledon had other ideas and struck in stoppage time through substitute Ade Azeez to steal a share of the spoils at Kingsmeadow.
Ainsworth said: “It was a disappointing goal but not a disappointing day. It’s a point away at Wimbledon and they’ve been in great form.
“We were so close and there was possibly a foul on the keeper at the end there too, so I’ve told the boys not to be too down.
“They had one shot on target and it went in. We had more than one shot on target and probably had the lion’s share of the chances.
“The work ethic at Wycombe Wanderers is something else and that showed again today. I’m really proud of the boys and really pleased.
“I should’ve known that Ards [Neal Ardley] wouldn’t give up right until the end and fair play to them as they got a goal and it’s probably relief for them.
“There’s a little bit of disappointment from me but I’ll turn that right round and we’ll get ourselves up again for Tuesday night.”
The Chairboys are operating with one of the smallest squads in the Football League and were dealt a double injury blow over the weekend to see options cut even further at Adams Park.
Joe Jacobson has aggravated a preexisting back problem and is likely to be sidelined for four to five weeks, while Marcus Bean has suffered an ankle injury which is expected to take six weeks to heal. Wanderers hope to accelerate the recovery times of Jacobson and Bean by using new medical equipment which has been purchased via a combination of supporters’ share scheme investments and private funding.