Ainsworth adamant Ja­mal is Prem class

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Rich Dean

WY­COMBE boss Gareth Ainsworth claims Ja­mal Black­man is Pre­mier League qual­ity after the goal­keeper pre­served a point against Black­pool.

The goal­less draw keeps both sides within three points of the top seven, as the Tan­ger­ines lie ninth and the Chair­boys 11th.

Black­man spec­tac­u­larly clawed away Brad Potts’ ef­fort early in the sec­ond half and then went one bet­ter on 86 min­utes as he de­nied Potts from the penalty spot after Max Muller had fouled Jamille Matt in the air.

And Ainsworth was in­debted to the 23-year-old Chelsea loa­nee.

“We’ve got Ja­mal Black­man to thank, he made a fan­tas­tic save in the sec­ond half, and made a bril­liant save at the end which peo­ple will re­mem­ber,” ad­mit­ted Ainsworth.

“He is a qual­ity keeper, and he showed it here. He is Pre­mier League class, and I hope he gets a chance up there one day.

“At the mo­ment we’re ben­e­fit­ing from having such a great keeper and such a great lad.

“It was a good game over­all and it’s a good point for us.”

The first chance of the game fell to Wy­combe’s Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa, who drilled wide on ten min­utes.

Mid­way through the first half a spec­u­la­tive ef­fort from Potts grazed Black­man’s cross­bar be­fore Paris CowanHall’s low drive brought a smart save from Dean Ly­ness.

Shortly after the break, Potts’ ef­fort was ac­ro­bat­i­cally clawed back from the goal-line by Black­man. Black­pool claimed that the ball had crossed the line, but Ainsworth was quick to dis­miss the claims.

“You get some and you don’t get some,” added the Chair­boys boss. “I’m pretty sure it wasn’t over the line but there’s no goal-line tech­nol­ogy in League Two”. And Black­pool boss Gary Bowyer also quelled any drama.

“It was an out­stand­ing save from Black­man,” said Bowyer.

“I think he (Potts) thought he scored and was al­ready cel­e­brat­ing!

“I’ve seen it again – I can’t tell. “It’s a won­der­ful ef­fort from their goal­keeper and he was the man of the match.”

Muller clum­sily tan­gled with Matt in the penalty area on 86 min­utes and although Black­man pro­duced a bril­liant save from Potts, Bowyer wasn’t too down­hearted.

“I was re­ally pleased at how we stuck to Wy­combe,” he added. “That’s what we’re about.

“What has im­pressed me most is the char­ac­ter and de­sire, and this is go­ing to hold us in good stead for the re­main­der of sea­son.”

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