AINSWORTH SALUTES HIS WON­DER­FUL WAN­DER­ERS

Awe­some Maw­son lev­els late on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Char­lie Phillippe

GARETH Ainsworth be­lieves the point earned by Al­fie Maw­son’s late goal at Southend could prove cru­cial for pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Wy­combe come the end of the sea­son.

The Shrimpers dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings and Barry Corr gave the hosts a de­served lead at Roots Hall, but Steven Craig’s strike sent the sides in level at the break.

Corr scored his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon as an im­pres­sive Southend re­gained the lead in the sec­ond half, but Maw­son’s late header res­cued a point for Ainsworth’s side.

“We didn’t play too well but we’ve got a point,” said Ainsworth, whose side re­main third. “The char­ac­ter of the boys to come back and take a point away from Southend is a great re­sult, not many peo­ple go to Roots Hall and take a point.

“It’s tough here, they’re re­ally go­ing for it and they’re very di­rect.We dealt with a lot but there were a cou­ple of scrappy goals that I was very dis­ap­pointed to con­cede.

“This team, how­ever, doesn’t know when they’re beat and that’s a great trait to have. Who knows how far we can go but it’s a great point away from home when you don’t play to well.

“It could be a huge point. Last year we were scram­bling for points and they were all big.

“We’re at the other end of the ta­ble now and ev­ery point’s a big point

now.” Wy­combe started poorly and with just 14 min­utes gone Southend opened the scor­ing as a long ball found Corr and he man­aged to di­rect the ball into the path of Joe Pig­ott.

His shot was well saved by Matt In­gram, but Corr was on hand to head in the re­bound off the un­der­side of the bar.

Wy­combe fi­nally broke into life with 20 min­utes gone. Sido Jom­bati’s lovely through ball found Paul Hayes and he crossed for Craig, but the striker could only guide his ef­fort wide of the post.

And the Chair­boys lev­elled pro­ceed­ings when Jom­bati’s deep cross found Sam Wood, and his volleyed shot de­flected off Craig to loop over the head of Ted Smith and into the back of the net. The Seasiders dom­i­nated for the re­main­der of the first half and con­tin­ued in the same vein af­ter the break.

They should have re­taken the lead when on-loan Charl­ton striker Pig­ott was clear through on goal, but he slipped at the vi­tal mo­ment, al­low­ing the ball to roll com­fort­ably into In­gram’s hands.

But they did re­take the lead just two min­utes later. Ben Coker weaved his way in to the box and crossed for Corr, who calmly slot­ted home his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon.

And they al­most dou­bled their lead when David Wor­rall crossed to Ke­van Hurst, but his header hit Jom­bati be­fore he pushed the re­bound ag­o­nis­ingly wide.

The Blues con­tin­ued to press and the Chair­boys looked out of the game but with just six min­utes re­main­ing they found them­selves level.

Sub­sti­tute Ho­gan Ephraim’s su­perb cross picked out Maw­son, and the cen­tre-back rose high­est to earn a cru­cial point for Wy­combe.

And the goal left Blues boss Phil Brown frus­trated that his side could not con­vert their dom­i­nant per­form- ance into three points.

“As far as I’m con­cerned we gifted them a point,” Brown said. “It’s two points dropped with­out a shadow of a doubt.

“The qual­ity of our play was by far bet­ter than Wy­combe’s, but you can’t gift goals the way we did and not score goals from the chances we cre­ated in the sec­ond half.

“It’s poor play, we should be walk­ing away with pos­si­bly four, five or six goals.

“It was good play from us in terms of the team but what a waste of time when you don’t put them chances away and just get a point against a side that you’re clearly bet­ter than.”

FIST OF AUTHOR­ITY: Wy­combe keeper Matt In­gram punches clear a Southend attack

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

ALL SQUARE: Al­fie Maw­son scores Wy­combe’s equaliser to make it 2-2. Inset: Maw­son jumps for joy af­ter lev­eller

STAR MAN BARRY CORR Southe

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