WYCOMBE WIN ‘FOR THE FANS’
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.”
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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