Ade’s late show has Chair­boys in chase

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

WY­COMBE boss Gareth Ainsworth says his side are still very much in the play-off hunt de­spite fail­ing to get the three points they des­per­ately wanted against More­cambe.

A last-gasp goal from Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa gave the Chair­boys what could be a vi­tal point after Kevin El­li­son had put the home side ahead.

That takes Wy­combe’s play-off cam­paign into the fi­nal week of the sea­son and they are just one point, but cru­cially three places, out­side the top­seven.

Ainsworth said: “We wanted the three points but we were not good enough.

“It was a re­ally scrappy game on a ter­ri­ble pitch but we gave them too many easy chances.

“I have to give the lads credit for bat­tling to the death and get­ting the late point after con­ced­ing so late on but we need to play bet­ter than that.

“We are re­liant on other teams now and we need three teams to mess up which is not where we want to be.

“But one of those teams is Cam­bridge who we play next week in what will be a mas­sive game.

“You never know what can hap­pen in foot­ball and we will be giv­ing it all on the last day to get in those play­offs.”

Meanwhile, More­cambe boss Jim Bent­ley was im­pressed bythe bat­tling spirit that his side demon­strated through­out.

He said: “It was a proper game of foot­ball be­tween two sides who gave their all.

“It was never go­ing to be a foot­balling clas­sic, it never is against Wy­combe, but we matched them all the way and the only dis­ap­point­ment is that we didn’t hold on to win the game.

“Kevin El­li­son scored another cracker and we had some real bad luck at the end with their equaliser that no­body could re­ally do any­thing about.

“So although I wanted the three points I think a draw was a de­cent re­sult.”

More­cambe looked set for the three points after El­li­son’s su­perb 81st-minute strike, when he turned smartly on the edge of the area and curled a su­perb ef­fort past a help­less Ja­mal Black­man.

But Wy­combe hit back in the 89th minute when a long ball into the More­cambe box caused prob­lems with an at­tempted clear­ance hit­ting Ak­in­fenwa and re­bound­ing into the goal.

The first half saw no goals but plenty of en­deav­our from both sides with Black­man sav­ing su­perbly from Michael Rose, Paul Mullin and El­li­son.

STAR MAN JA­MAL BLACK­MAN Wy­combe

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