Fortress for­tune is favour­ing Chair­boys

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Harry Gray

BOSS Gareth Ainsworth con­ceded there was an el­e­ment of for­tune about Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ win­ner, but felt three points were no more than his team de­served af­ter their show­ing.

In a game of few clear cut chances Michael Har­ri­man’s cross from the right flank on 68 min­utes beat ev­ery­one inside the penalty box, in­clud­ing Stags stop­per Scott Shearer.

With Mans­field hav­ing scored just one goal in their four out­ings be­fore the trip to Adams Park it was lit­tle won­der they failed to carve a way back into the game.

Man­ager Ainsworth said: “The boys are turn­ing Adams Park into a bit of a fortress and I think the de­fence can take a lot of credit.

“The at­tack­ers al­ways take the credit, but I think we lim­ited them to one chance where Ryan All­sop has made his save.

“I thought we dom­i­nated the game and had the ma­jor­ity of the chances. We were knock­ing on the door and ask­ing ques­tions and we fi­nally got an an­swer.

“It prob­a­bly wasn’t the pret­ti­est of goals.Was it a shot or was it a cross? I will leave Michael Har­ri­man to an­swer that one, but he is a fan­tas­tic player and had a fan­tas­tic touch to set him­self be­fore the goal.”

Mans­field re­sisted all Wy­combe’s early ad­ven­ture and mus­tered their best chance of the game on 23 min­utes when Chris Cle­ments broke clear, but his tame prod to­ward goal was com­pe­tently dealt with by Ryan All­sop.

So strong were Anthony Ste­wart and Aaron Pierre at the heart of the Wy­combe de­fence, that Mans­field’s for­wards mus­tered lit­tle else through­out.

Right-back Ja­son McCarthy fluffed a chance to put Wy­combe ahead shortly be­fore half­time when he in­ex­pli­ca­bly dragged wide from six yards.

But the win­ner ar­rived when Har­ri­man beat Mal Benning on the right flank and sent a low left­footed cross through the penalty area and into the bot­tom cor­ner.

De­feated Mans­field man­ager Adam Mur­ray said: “There was noth­ing in the game re­ally and we knew we would have to de­fend for large parts be­cause of the way Wy­combe play.

“They put you on the back foot con­stantly. Peo­ple say it is not pleas­ant to watch but it is af­fec­tive and you have to take your hat off to them, they make you de­fend non-stop.We did that for large parts, but you look at the goal and it is em­bar­rass­ing.

“It was a cross and if it is a shot it is the best shot I have seen.

“He shouldn’t get in that po­si­tion in the first place and we knew ex­actly what their strengths were and the lads knew what was com­ing.”

STAR MAN MICHA

EL HARRIM

AN Wy­com

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