Boo-boys silenced as Craig de­liv­ers

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

WY­COMBE boss Gareth Ainsworth claimed Steven Craig had de­liv­ered the per­fect re­sponse to the boo-boys af­ter find­ing him­self cen­tre of at­ten­tion in the win over ten-man Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

Craig had re­ceived a few boos be­fore kick-off af­ter com­plain­ing in mid­week about late pay­ment of bonuses but he was soon back in the good books.

First the Da­gen­ham de­fender Scott Doe was shown a red card for rais­ing his hands to the Wy­combe for­ward, with Craig then scor­ing a sec­ond-half penalty.

Max Kret­zschmar dou­bled the lead with a strike ten min­utes later to end Da­gen­ham’s eight-game un­beaten run and keep Wy­combe three points clear of the drop zone.

Ainsworth said:“Ste­vie’s been in the pa­pers lately for rea­sons off the pitch and he stepped up, picked up the ball and slot­ted it home so ob­vi­ously that’s great for him.

“The game hinges on the red card and it looks like luck is hope­fully turn­ing in our favour.

“The ref­eree has prob­a­bly made the right de­ci­sion to send the player off. He’s grabbed Ste­vie round the head and you ob­vi­ously can’t do that.

“I thought Ste­vie was en­ti­tled to go for the ball and if he’s caught the keeper it’s noth­ing ma­li­cious.”

Aaron Pierre, mak­ing his home de­but on loan from Brent­ford, headed over af­ter 11 min­utes be­fore Matt Bloom­field stung Chris Lew­ing­ton’s hands 20 min­utes later.

Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge were then re­duced to ten men when Doe was shown a red card for rais­ing his hands to the face of Craig fol­low­ing the Wy­combe for­ward’s chal­lenge on Lew­ing­ton.

It was Craig who made the man ad­van­tage count two min­utes af­ter the break, fir­ing home from the spot af­ter Stu­art Lewis was fouled by Brian Saah.

Kret­zschmar dou­bled the lead for the Chair­boys on 57 min­utes with a thun­der­ous strike fol­low­ing a neat lay-off from striker Matt McClure.

For Da­gen­ham the de­feat ended a fine run and left them six points shy of the play-off places and while man­ager Wayne Bur­nett had no is­sues with the send­ing off he in­sisted his player had been pro­voked.

“It’s not like Scott to get en­raged like that. I haven’t got a prob­lem with the send­ing off, Scott’s put his hands near his face and it’s a send­ing off, there’s noth­ing we can do about that,” he said.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed by the way that Scott re­acted.

“Was he head-butted? Yes he was, he’s got a bruise on the edge of his nose and Chris Lew­ing­ton’s got a stud mark.”

STAR MAN SAM WOOD Wy­com

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