Ainsworth sees red at In­gram dis­missal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Will Shilli­bier

GARETH Ainsworth be­moaned “two bad mis­takes” which led to More­cambe claim­ing all three points at play-off con­tenders Wy­combe.

A goal five min­utes into the sec­ond half from Shaun Miller, and a late Jamie De­vitt penalty af­ter Wy­combe keeper Matt In­gram was sent off, lifted the Shrimps to 13th place.

The first half was marred by the in­jury of More­cambe cap­tain Peter Mur­phy in a tackle with Luke O’Nien. The for­mer Wy­combe mid­fielder was car­ried off with sus­pected knee lig­a­ment dam­age.

The only real chance came when More­cambe’s Kevin El­li­son’s clever free-kick seemed des­tined for the top cor­ner be­fore be­ing tipped round the post by In­gram.

Af­ter the break, a long De­vitt cross from the right drifted over Aaron Pierre’s head and El­li­son knocked it back across for Miller to scram­ble in.

Wy­combe brought on a string of sub­sti­tutes to try to get some­thing from the match. Brent­ford loa­nee Jer­maine Udu­maga re­placed the in­ef­fec­tual Max Kret­zschmar up front, and then Aaron Amadi-Hol­loway and Gozie Ugwu came on.

But it was More­cambe who sealed the win five min­utes from time. Sub­sti­tute Aaron Wildig’s burst into the penalty area was ended by In­gram. Ref­eree Andy Davies pointed to the spot, and sent the goal­keeper off.

Southamp­ton loa­nee Ja­son McCarthy went in goal for the re­sul­tant spot-kick but could do noth­ing to stop De­vitt from dou­bling More­cambe’s lead.

Shrimps man­ager Jim Bent­ley said his side’s win was “well de­served”, and praised goalscorer Shaun Miller and vet­eran keeper Barry Roche.

“Shaun’s im­prov­ing year on year and with the num­ber of chances he gets he could eas­ily be at 15 goals a sea­son,” said Bent­ley. “As for Barry, it was prob­a­bly one of his qui­eter ap­pear­ances for us, but he was still ex­cel­lent.

“We were well dis­ci­plined and we had good shape of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively.”

Ainsworth said his side had had a “hor­ri­ble day” and put in a “hor­ri­ble per­for­mance”, but re­vealed that they would ap­peal In­gram’s red card as the young keeper ap­peared to get the ball as he tan­gled with Wildig.

“I’ve seen the in­ci­dent re­played, slowed it right down and Matt gets the ball,” said Ainsworth.

“We’ll get the footage and send it off be­cause he said he touched the ball and the footage backs that.We just hope peo­ple will see sense.”

As for the game, Ainsworth in­sisted there was no need to panic.

“We’ll look at what went wrong,” he said. “I don’t think the con­di­tions helped.We know what we’re ca­pa­ble of so that’s why I’m not pan­ick­ing.”

STAR MAN KEVIN EL­LI­SON More­cambe

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