AINSWORTH’S AS CHAIRBOYS
Maja’s late goal rescues the Cats
GARETH AINSWORTH thinks Wycombe Wanderers can be proud of their performance after taking a point from title favourites Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
In front of a 30,000-plus crowd, the Chairboys gave the Black Cats a real scare by taking the lead deep into the second half.
Ainsworth, whose side sit 15th, said: “It was a superb performance by the boys. I thought we were the better side in the first half and up to the goal it was very even but after the goal Sunderland piled some serious pressure on us.
“I don’t think teams under-estimate us, I think they respect us. We really do punch above our weight so to come here and be on the front foot was something we wanted to do. It was nice to see little bits of the plan come off.
“It’s one of the biggest gulfs in the league. Clubs like Accrington, Gillingham and Walsall are similar stature to us.”
Wycombe, sitting in the bottom half of the table, caused problems and got their reward when winger Fred Onyedinma struck the opener in the 67th minute.
But substitute Josh Maja struck his 11th goal of the season with five minutes left to seal a point, even if it meant Sunderland’s eight match winning run came to an end.
Had the Chairboys’ skipper Adam El-Abd converted Joe Ja-
GLEE: Fred Onyedinma celebrates giving Wycombe the lead against the Black Cats