Spot-on Chair­boys end home trou­bles

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Nick Bull To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

IF WY­COMBE Wan­der­ers are go­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion this sea­son, end­ing a ten-match run with­out a home win against league-lead­ers Ch­ester­field is not a bad place to start.

The Chair­boys took all three points at Adams Park for the first time since Oc­to­ber 12 cour­tesy of Max Kret­zschmar’s 35th-minute penalty.

With Torquay United los­ing against Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Gareth Ainsworth’s side opened up a five-point ad­van­tage to the rel­e­ga­tion zone; no won­der ‘Happy’ by Phar­rell Wil­liams could be heard play­ing in the home dress­ing room af­ter the game.

“I’m yet to calm down,” said Wan­der­ers boss Ainsworth. “I’m proud of the play­ers and fans. The re­ac­tion from them at full time was su­perb.

“I thought we de­served to win, and if any­one left here think­ing Wy­combe didn’t de­serve to win, they don't know foot­ball. To a man ev­ery­one was out­stand­ing.

“It’s been a while since we won at home, but I’ve al­ways be­lieved that we’ve got enough to beat any­one in this league.

“Men­tally it’s a big stride and the lads have got to build upon this now.”

Be­fore­hand, Wan­der­ers had won as many times all sea­son as their op­po­nents had away from home, yet they were wor­thy vic­tors.

Matt McClure al­most headed an opener from Sam Wood’s cross early on, be­fore he won the key penalty when his cross 11 min­utes be­fore the break was han­dled by Ch­ester­field cap­tain Ian Evatt.

Kret­zschmar fired straight as Spire­ites goal­keeper Tommy Lee dived to his right to score the game’s de­ci­sive goal, which ac­tu­ally came in the vis­i­tors best pe­riod of play.

Yet de­spite be­ing the league’s top scor­ers, it took 87 min­utes be­fore Gary Roberts reg­is­tered the vis­i­tors’ first shot on tar­get.

To cap a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for the Spire­ites, man­ager and birth­day boy Paul Cook was sent off in firsthalf stop­page-time by ref­eree Dean White­stone.

“I’ve not got any prob­lems with the penalty,” said Cook, “But I’ve got a prob­lem with him (White­stone) send­ing me off for telling him to liven up. I felt he was los­ing the game.

“How­ever, the of­fi­cials played no part in our re­sult here, it was of our own do­ing.

“We never found any tempo, we never had any chances, we were tame and inept and not good enough by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion.

“Un­for­tu­nately that was as bad a per­for­mance as we’ve had in a long time.

“We’ve had a harsh les­son here, that there’s a long way to go this sea­son, and we’ve got to get points out of games.”

STAR MAN LEON JOHNS

ON Wy­com

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