AINSWORTH’S AS CHAIRBOYS

Maja’s late goal res­cues the Cats

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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

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