IN­GRAM’S STAR IS ON THE RISE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Con­nor Armstrong

GARETH Ainsworth tipped goal­keeper Matt In­gram for the Premier League as Wy­combe Wan­der­ers crowned an un­beaten open­ing month with a hard­earned point at Crawley Town.

Af­ter miss­ing out on pro­mo­tion in heart­break­ing fash­ion at Wem­b­ley last sea­son, it has been an im­pres­sive start to the cam­paign for the Chair­boys.

And in a game short on chances it was In­gram who caught the eye for Ainsworth.

“It was a pleas­ing day. Ob­vi­ously fans want to see loads of goals, but a 3-3 is the same as a 0-0, you get one point. I’m pleased with that and I’m sure we can get some goals next week at home,” he said.

“It’s good to only have con­ceded one goal in the Football League. It’s some­thing to be very proud of. We’ve got a fan­tas­tic keeper in goal and the back four, which has changed, has stayed solid.

“He (In­gram) is an im­pos­ing fig­ure and he will play at the top level, I am sure of that. It’s great to have him at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

“He’s done what he’s paid to do. He’s paid to keep clean sheets. His kick­ing could’ve been a lit­tle bit bet­ter, but over­all I’m very pleased with the de­fen­sive dis­play.”

Crawley’s Lewis Young - brother of Manch­ester United ace Ash­ley – forced In­gram into two fine first-half saves.

Mean­while at the other end Crawley stop­per Fred­die Wood­man – on loan from New­cas­tle United – quickly re­cov­ered to deny Aaron Hol­loway what looked a cer­tain goal, af­ter mak­ing a hash of keep­ing hold of Thompson’s ini­tial ef­fort.

Af­ter the break In­gram’s fine form con­tin­ued. The goal­keeper de­nied Si­mon Wal­ton with a fin­ger­tip save be­fore Welsh winger Gwion Ed­wards forced him into ac­tion, this time sav­ing well at his near post.

Af­ter Luke Rooney in­ter­cepted the ball on the half-way line, Crawley launched a surg­ing at­tack that cul­mi­nated in Ed­wards tee­ing up Young, only for In­gram to push the ball away from dan­ger.

With time tick­ing away, Thompson pow­ered a right-footed drive that flashed past the far post, af­ter man­ag­ing to peel away from his marker on a cor­ner kick.

Roarie Dea­con es­caped Wy­combe’s back line in the 88th minute, but was even­tu­ally de­nied by In­gram in the Chair­boys’ goal as the keeper held on to his clean sheet.

The full-time whis­tle marked Crawley’s third con­sec­u­tive clean sheet in League Two, but Mark Yates rued his side’s fin­ish­ing, with the Reds boss be­liev­ing his side could have taken all three points.

“I thought we worked our socks off and it was a good game of football for 0-0,” he said.

“Putting the ball in the back of the net proved elu­sive, with a cou­ple of waste­ful fin­ishes and a cou­ple of good saves from their keeper.

“We don’t fear any­body. Our aim to­day was to get three points and cap­i­talise on a good win last week.We couldn’t quite man­age it, but it wasn’t through lack of ef­fort. I thought we’d go on to win the game.The belief was there. It just didn’t quite hap­pen for us.”

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STAR MAN MATT IN­GRAM

be Wy­com PRES­SURE: Sido Jom­bati of Wy­combe Wan­der­ers with Roarie Daw­son of Crawley

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