The Beast warm­ing up to the chal­lenge

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paul Joan­nou

ADEBAYO Ak­in­fenwa helped him­self to a dou­ble as Wy­combe saw off Port Vale but man­ager Gareth Ainsworth warned that the Beast still has work to do get in top shape.

The away side dom­i­nated for 87 min­utes at Vale Park until Port Vale pulled two goals back to give them hope.

How­ever Ak­in­fenwa’s dou­ble and one from Paris Cowan-Hall proved enough, al­though Ainsworth ad­mit­ted his team were al­most made to pay for miss­ing some good chances.

He said: “Bayo (Ak­in­fenwa) still needs to get fit, he knows that but 90 min­utes and two goals will help that so over­all I’m pleased.

“There were mis­takes which I will look at but can we put the game re­ally out of sight be­cause sec­ond half we missed some chances as well.

“A team like Port Vale are go­ing to put you un­der pres­sure at some point, so it was a tough game but pleased to get the three points we’re un­beaten but let’s not get car­ried away there’s 44 to go.”

Wy­combe got off to the per­fect start when Ak­in­fenwa headed in Joe Ja­cob­son’s free-kick af­ter just two min­utes.

Then Paris CowanHall dou­bled their lead 13 min­utes later al­though his game came to a pre­ma­ture end when he limped off midway through the first half with a ham­string in­jury.

By 25 min­utes, Wy­combe were 3-0 up and in dream­land as Ak­in­fenwa net­ted again­with an­other header from Luke O’Nien’s shot which put the Chair­boys in cruise con­trol.

It took Vale 63 min­utes to have a clear ef­fort on goal but Tom Pope’s snapshot from 12 yards sailed over.

They fi­nally came alive in the last five min­utes and pulled one back with their first at­tempt on tar­get when sub­sti­tute Dan Turner headed in Lawrie Wil­son’s cross for his sec­ond in two games on the 88th minute.

They then made it 3-2 a minute later when an­other sub­sti­tute Ben Whit­field skipped past two de­fend­ers and curled a beauty in the top cor­ner to pro­vide a nail-bit­ing fin­ish.

How­ever the home side could not com­plete the come­back, much to the frus­tra­tion of man­ager Michael Brown, who was an­noyed at the way his team only fired once the game was gone.

“You give them a mas­sive lift and they raised their game at 3-0 and it was very dif­fi­cult for us to get back into the game,” he said.

“You ques­tion all sorts of things, but ul­ti­mately, we con­ceded those goals and its game over.”

STAR MAN ADEBAYO AK­IN­FENWA Wy­combe

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