The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

DE­LIGHTED boss Gareth Ainsworth ded­i­cated Wy­combe’s first win in five matches to their vo­cal trav­el­ling fans as early and late goals con­demned Mans­field to their sec­ond suc­ces­sive home de­feat.

Hard-work­ing Wy­combe took the lead against the run of play in the eighth minute when Michael Har­ri­man’s deep cross was headed back into the six-yard area for the un­marked Luke O’Nien to nod past flat-footed keeper Brian Jensen – the first goal the Stags had con­ceded for three games.

Sub­sti­tute Aaron Amadi-Hol­loway con­firmed Mans­field’s de­feat four min­utes into in­jury time, break­ing clear and fir­ing un­chal­lenged into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Ainsworth said: “I had to go to the fans at the fi­nal whis­tle be­cause they never stopped singing all game. The fans were su­perb and played a huge part in the win.

“On the back of three de­feats and the draw last week it was tough. We give our ab­so­lute all and peo­ple are quick to jump on you when you have lost.

“The fans were bril­liant and I need more like that. I thank them very much.

“I can’t pick a man of the match for us be­cause they were all back to what we are – the Wy­combe we had last sea­son, a never-say-die at­ti­tude and full of en­ergy.

“We knew Mans­field’s threat would come from their for­wards and full backs and we worked on that. It showed with Michael Har­ri­man and Sam Wood run­ning on empty at the end.”

Two early Mans­field shots from the edge of the area by Adam Chap­man and Matt Green were held by the busy Matt In­gram.

Loan full back Blair Adams should have lev­elled when Wy­combe’s play­ers stopped ex­pect­ing a free-kick. The quick­think­ing Green re­leased the un­marked full-back, but he blazed over from 15 yards.

The div­ing In­gram pre­served the vis­i­tors’ lead with a fly­ing save to tip away Lee Collins’ header from a Chap­man cor­ner at the start of the sec­ond half.

The keeper also de­nied sub­sti­tute Nathan Thomas and de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli late equalis­ers.

At the other end Collins cleared off the line as Garry Thomp­son broke clear and threat­ened to dou­ble Wy­combe’s lead be­fore Amadi-Hol­loway’s last gasp strike se­cured vic­tory.

Stags man­ager Adam Mur­ray said: “There was a mas­sive bang around the ground af­ter an hour, and that was Mans­field be­ing brought back down to earth. We must treat this as a learn­ing curve.

“We have been im­pres­sive in the early part of the sea­son, but re­sults like this hap­pen and we must bounce back.

“It was a very sloppy goal to give away (in the eighth minute) and when you give goals away like that you are al­ways on the back foot from then on. Apart from their first goal, I did not feel like we were un­der threat.

“We got crosses in and got into de­cent po­si­tions, but did not make the most of them.

“We lacked a spark and there was a lack of ruth­less­ness.”

PIC­TURES: Garry Grif­fiths/Prime


Mans­field FIGHT­ING SPIRIT: Mans­field’s Jamie McGuire tus­sles with Wy­combe goalscorer Luke O'Nien and, be­low, cap­tain Paul Hayes and Matt Bloom­field salute their trav­el­ling sup­port

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