Ply­mouth move into sec­ond place

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

“At the start the Wy­combe play­ers had GPS sys­tems on their backs and they were stick­ing out.

“We had to get clar­i­fi­ca­tion if they could use that. I no­ticed in the tun­nel and alerted the ref­eree.

“I don’t think it should be al­lowed. I’m not sure what the rul­ing is but some­one could head it, it could get pulled or some­body could even get choked.”

Once the game got un­der­way there was an early dou­ble dose of the curse of the ex-player as for­mer favourites came back to haunt their old clubs.

First Reid, a for­mer Wy­combe loa­nee, tapped in at the far post on four min­utes be­fore Ban­ton - who joined the Chair­boys from their op­po­nents Ply­mouth dur­ing the sum­mer - blasted home from Aaron Pierre’s knock-down. Luke O’Nien hit the post for the hosts be­fore see­ing his fol­low up ef­fort blocked on the line by Pil­grims cap­tain Curtis Nel­son.

And that clear­ance proved piv­otal as Ply­mouth were back in front just mo­ments later - al­beit in some­what bizarre cir­cum­stances.

The ball can­noned in off Jervis while the winger lay in­side the six-yard-box as Wy­combe tried to clear their lines fol­low­ing one of nu­mer­ous dan­ger­ous set­piece de­liv­er­ies from Graham Carey.

Matt In­gram then saved well from the ever-im­pres­sive Reid’s header be­fore Gozie Ugwu missed a great chance to level be­fore the break, fir­ing straight at Luke McCormick when he was well placed in­side the area.

Garry Thompson should have equalised af­ter half time, but his ef­fort came back off the post af­ter be­ing al­lowed in by the doz­ing Nel­son as Wy­combe tried in vain to sal­vage a re­sult.

For Gareth Ainsworth the de­feat was tough to take due to his side’s set-piece de­fend­ing which saw the Chair­boys dou­ble the amount they had con­ceded all sea­son in the league in­side 32 min­utes.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing the way we’ve con­ceded the two goals,” said the Wy­combe boss.

“De­fend­ing set-plays is some­thing we have prided our­selves on but if you don’t do that you’re ask­ing for trou­ble.

“We’ve given them two goals rather than mak­ing them earn it and I felt that in gen­eral play we were the bet­ter side.

“We cre­ated many more chances but that other goal just eluded us.

“It was a bit far­ci­cal at the start. You just have to get on with it but the early goal wasn’t down to any­thing but shoddy de­fend­ing from us.

“If peo­ple think the GPS sys­tems are dan­ger­ous then they need to lodge that with the FA.

“We’ve been told we can use them and the data has been vi­tal for us.”

TUS­SLE: Wy­combe’s Gozie Ugwu bat­tles Ply­mouth’s Curtis Nel­son and Ply­mouth fans celebrate vic­tory with a Green Alien in­flat­able


M CAREY Ply­mou


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