The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jack Dug­gan

WY­COMBE’S pro­mo­tion chase took a se­vere blow with this de­feat, but boss Gareth Ainsworth is keep­ing the faith.

Paul Mullin’s header in the 86th minute stole the points for the Shrimpers and the re­sult sees Wy­combe slip out of the top three and three points off pro­mo­tion head­ing into the fi­nal week­end.

Chair­boys goal­keeper Matt In­gram kept his team in the game with some ex­cel­lent saves but, of­fen­sively, Wy­combe’s sole chance was Al­fie Maw­son’s header that hit the bar.

They now need Southend to lose and Bury not to win, plus a victory of their own at Northamp­ton next week, to earn au­to­matic pro­mo­tion – and all of this while cop­ing with an in­jury cri­sis.

But Ainsworth, who nav­i­gated the club to safety in dra­matic fash­ion last sea­son, be­lieves the chase is not over yet. “Look at last sea­son, not last week,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously I’m dis­ap­pointed we’ve lost the game.We didn’t do enough go­ing for­ward to win and we didn’t de­fend set plays well at all.

“But, with the makeshift team we put out, I thought the back four were su­perb.

“I’ve learnt some good stuff about some of my play­ers to­day.

“One player who wasn’t off his game was In­gram.

“It was an awe­some dis­play of goal­keep­ing and I hope there weren’t too many Pre­mier League scouts here to­day.

“We have to rely on two other games on the last day of the sea­son away from home. I think I’ve been there be­fore, but we’ll see what hap­pens.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens next week it’s still in our hands be­cause, if we are in those play­offs, you win three games and you’re pro­moted.

“But next week I will be go­ing for the win be­cause we need a win to get above the other two.

“We need favours from other teams, but I’ll be hop­ing that hap­pens, and if it doesn’t then we re-ad­dress where we are and we go again.”

In­gram made a string of saves to en­sure More­cambe didn’t run away with a com­fort­able victory, but they got there in the end and manager Jim Bent­ley en­joyed what he saw.

He said: “It was a solid away per­for­mance and we’ve been good away from home this sea­son.

“We knew we were com­ing into a big oc­ca­sion to­day for Wy­combe but we’re pro­fes­sion­als.We want to win ev­ery game and it will be ex­actly the same next week when we play Southend.”

“We hit them on the break a cou­ple of times, and if it wasn’t for the keeper pulling off some out­stand­ing saves we prob­a­bly should have been one or two goals up be­fore we got the all-im­por­tant one.

“There was not much be­tween us and I thought they took a few chances be­cause they had to as they knew Southend were win­ning.

“Our set plays were ex­cel­lent. I thought our move­ment, our de­sire to get on the end of it, the blocks, too.

“We could have eas­ily scored from two or three cor­ners to­day.”

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LEAV­ING IT LATE: More­cambe play­ers cel­e­brate Paul Mullin’s win­ner to­wards the end STAR MAN PAUL MULLIN

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