Ainsworth choked by Wanderers comeback
WYCOMBE pulled off a stunning comeback to stop the rot with a remarkable win over Doncaster Rovers.
The victory was all the more amazing as the Chairboys had lost four on the spin heading into the clash, and boss Gareth Ainsworth felt emotional at the way his troops turned things round.
“Our character here is unbelievable and we’ve shown that on many different occasions,” he said.
“I could’ve broken down at the final whistle, that’s how much that win means.
“With 20 minutes left I was fearing the worst. Four defeats on the spin and 2-0 down, you think it’s going to be five in a row.
“We’re delighted to stop that poor run of form and hopefully it’s the start of a run the other way.
“The scenes at the end were really special. Paris [Cowan-Hall] was absolutely exceptional and Curtis [Thompson] has kicked on as well, so it’s a really pleasing win for us.”
Defeat sees Donny slip to seventh in the League One table, and manager Grant McCann blamed the ‘arrogance’ of his side in thinking the game was won at 2-0.
“We’re gutted to lose in that manner,” he said. “It’s frustrating anytime you lose, but to lose like that obviously hurts more.
“We need to be confident without being arrogant – I think when we were 2-0 up we were arrogant and that’s what’s cost us.
“We lacked energy in the first half, but we were much better after the break.
“But when we went 2-0 up we did some silly things.
“You’ve got to give Wycombe credit, of course you do, but I think we contributed to our own downfall.”
In the first half, Doncaster keeper Ian Lawlor pulled off a good stop to keep out Paris Cowan-Hall’s cross-shot, while down the other end Matty Blair fired wide from a promising position. On the hour mark, John Marquis opened the scoring with a well-taken first-time finish as he claimed his 20th goal of the campaign. He then turned provider as Tommy Rowe hit the second with a tapin three minutes after coming off the bench.
With 13 minutes remaining Cowan-Hall sparked a late revival with an unstoppable strike into the corner.
Curtis equalised with an amazing 25-yard effort in the 90th minute, before Cowan-Hall’s looping header in stoppage time stole the spoils.
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